Morning Exsultet

Let’s say you are a pastor or worship planner whose church doesn’t do an Easter Vigil. But you want to share some of the rich tradition of that service with your congregation members. What do you do?

Why, you adapt the Exsultet for use during the ordinary prayer time on Easter morning! This is my first attempt at dragging some of this most excellent & ancient hymn +12 hours or so. I tested it out on my church’s contemporary service this morning and it worked pretty well. I would definitely light the Paschal Candle before you share this prayer. It would work extremely well, I believe, at a sunrise celebration. (Thanks to Juan for posting the text last night!) Leave me a note in the comments with your thoughts…

My dearest friends, standing with me in this holy light,
join me in asking God for mercy,
that he may give his people grace to sing his Easter praises.
Let us pray:

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes for ever!

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!

Rejoice in this, our passover feast,
when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,
whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

Rejoice that we have been brought through the night!

We need fear no longer the darkness
for, as Scripture says,
“The night will be clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy.”

During the night
you saved our our parents, our ancestors:
you freed the people of Israel from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

During the night
the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

During the night
Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

During the night
Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

What a night, truly blessed: when heaven is wedded to earth
and humanity is reconciled with God!

Therefore, heavenly Father,
in the joy of this night through which we have come,
receive our sacrifice of praise,
in union with Christ’s offering for us.

Let our Easter candle mingle with the lights of heaven
and continue bravely burning to dispel the darkness that still lurks in our world.

May the Morning Star which never sets
find this faithful flame still burning:
Christ, that Morning Star,
who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind,
your Son, who taught us to pray, saying
Our Father…Amen.


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