Contemporary Exultet

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A contemporary form of the Exultet

Rejoice, heavenly powers!
Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult all life forms throughout God's creation!
Jesus Christ from death is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth in shining splendour,
Radiant in the brightness of the Living One!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes for ever!

Rejoice, O Christian people!
Exult in glory!
The risen Saviour shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
Echoing the mighty song of all God's people!

And so, dear friends, standing here in this holy light,
We join in offering our thanks to God
For the mystery of Easter.

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord

Let is give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right
That with full hearts, clear minds and strong voices
We should praise the unseen God,
From whom we all draw life,
And Jesus our anointed one,
The human face of God's own goodness.

In Christ the gap
Between us and God's own deep mystery
Has been bridged.

The ancient fears
The tribal taboos
Our sense of shame
Have been swept away in the light of Christ.

Our first mothers and fathers
Sang of God’s salvation
Around fires in the desert.
Their sons and daughters, we sing the same song.

This is the night when Christians everywhere
Celebrate redemption,
Claim forgiveness,
Take hold of new life.

This is the night when God says "No" to death:
That final boundary to human life,
That door we once feared to approach.

This is the night God swallows death:
Asborbs its sting into God's own life,
Strips death of all power,
Renews our fainting hearts.

Night truly blessed,
When heaven and earth are divided no more,
Women and men are reconciled with God
And death gives way to life.

And so, our God, in the joy of this night,
Receive our offering of praise.
Accept this Easter candle:
A flame divided but undimmed.


©1999 Greg Jenks Easter Eve, 1999