Easter: The Fifteenth Station (Fulfillment!)


Candle 2Jesus has conquered sin and death.   He is Risen!

He’s the incomparable One:  God’s Son and Saviour, even come as one of us.   The Church starts each Easter in celebrating Jesus as the Light of the World.  A lit Easter Paschal candle              (representing Jesus) enters into a dark church at the Vigil Mass, but soon all have received it’s light, in their holding candles.   Each Easter Vigil begins also with the Exultet Song.

Let’s ponder upon some words of the Exultet…

Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!

Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness.

thD6S3GMD9Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lightning of his glory, let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.

The sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.   On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the work of bees and of your servants’ hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church.

But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honor, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for it is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious.

O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the human. 

May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Candle




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