Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

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

This is the night
when first you saved our fathers:
you freed the people of Israel from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

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

This is the night
when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

Most blessed of all nights,
chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead! (From the Exultet)


Magister Christianus said...

O felix culpa, indeed! Yesterday I finished reading yet again Father Richard John Neuhaus' _Death on a Friday Afternoon_. It is, after the Bible itself, my favorite book. Nothing I have read so poetically lays out what took place on Friday and the necessity of understanding this to fully embrace today.

Blessings on you and yours, Erin. May the risen Christ continue to shine forth in your life.

Sarah (JOT) said...

Blessed Easter to you and yours.