JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, ALLELUIA!
At Easter, we celebrate the victory of life over death, love over fear, hope over despair, faith over doubt, truth over falsehood, generosity over selfishness. It is a victory in which we share. We are ‘an Easter people,’ and we make the words of the Preface of Easter, prayed at Mass, our own:
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
at all times to acclaim you, O Lord,
but on this day above all to laud you yet more gloriously,
when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.
For he is the true Lamb who has taken away the sins of the world;
by dying he has destroyed our death,
and by rising, restored our life.
Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!