As a child -- and an adult -- attending the Easter Vigil, the Easter Candle ritual fascinated me. It was a ritual that I watched closely each time, and I would even monitor how the candle got stunted as the rest of the Liturgical Year moved along!
Well, right now the Easter Candles all around the world stand tall. And the joy and freshness in the air are not mere whiffs.
I share with you excerpts from the beautifully worded Easter Proclamation (Exsultet). (I got them from The Vatican II Sunday Missal prepared by the Daughters of Saint Paul.) Indeed, the entire Easter Vigil comprises a very rich collection of readings and prayers about our salvation history and God's love that never diminished through the ages. I am looking forward to reading and re-reading them this Easter Season.
Night truly blessed
when heaven is wedded to earth
and man is reconciled with God!
Therefore, heavenly Father,
in the joy of this night,
receive our evening sacrifice of praise,
your Church's solemn offering.
Accept this Easter Candle,
a flame divided but undimmed,
a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.
May it always dispel the darkness of this night!
Let it mingle with the lights of heaven
and continue bravely burning
to dispel the darkness of this night!
May the Morning Star
which never sets
find this flame still burning:
Christ the Morning Star,
who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind.
your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
|Easter Vigil at the Vatican, 2012. |
Photo source: The Vatican Today, Flickr photostream
Christ has truly risen!
Have a blessed Easter Season, everyone!