Rejoice, heavenly powers!
Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation in God’s presence!
Jesus, the Anointed One, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of life renewed!
Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of our God!
Christ has risen!
Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes forever!
Rejoice, O Mother Church !
Exult in glory!
The Risen One shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the song of all God’s people!
My dearest friends,
standing with me in this holy light,
Join me in praising God,
as we sing this Easter song.
Our God is with you.
R. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to our gifting God.
R. It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and voices,
we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful creator,
and the beloved one, Jesus the Cosmic Christ.
On this night, we remember our ancestors
who escaped their slavery through the waters of the Red Sea .
Abba God, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your infinite love!
To gift us with Jesus, your beloved,
born of Miriam and Joseph.
Jesus went to his death remembering the words of Micah:
Live justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God.
Yet, this is our Passover feast,
for Jesus, the Christ, broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.
This is the night when Christians everywhere
bathed in grace freely given,
promise to reject all that is evil and grow together in holiness.
Therefore, O Holy One,
in the joy of this night,
hear our evening song of prayer and praise.
Accept this Easter candle,
may it dispel all darkness and evil,
and renew our confidence and bring us joy.
May Christ, the morning Star,
who sheds peaceful light on all creation,
find this hope burning brightly in our lives,
today and evermore.