Easter Vigil: ‘This is the Night’

Easter eggs dyed with red cabbage!
Easter eggs dyed with red cabbage!

“This is the night
that with a pillar of fire
banished the darkness of sin.

This is the night
that even now throughout the world,
sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices
and from the gloom of sin,
leading them to grace
and joining them to his holy ones.

This is the night
when Christ broke the prison-bars of death
and rose victorious from the underworld.”

–from the Exsultet, 7th century hymn sung at the Easter Vigil

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