Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Happy Easter

Rejoice heavenly powers! Sing choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God's throne!
Jesus Christ, our King is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes forever!

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the mighty song of all God's people!

It is truly right
that with full hearts and minds and voices
we should praise the unseen God,
the all powerful Father,
and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Christ has ransomed us with his blood,
and paid for us the price of Adam's sin
to our eternal Father!

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!
Of this night scripture says:
"The night will be clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy."

The power of this holy night
dispels all evil, washes guilt away,
restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy;
it casts out hatred, brings us peace,
and humbles earthly pride.

Night truly blessed
when heaven is wedded to earth
and man is reconciled with God!

Therefore, heavenly Father,
in the joy of this night
receive our evening sacrifice of praise,
your Church's solemn offering.

Accept this Easter candle,
a flame divided but undimmed,
a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.
Let it mingle with the lights of heaven
and continue bravely burning
to dispel the darkness of this night!

May the Morning Star which never sets
find this flame still burning:
Christ, that Morning Star,
who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind, your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen

This beautiful proclamation begins the Easter Vigil after the lighting and procession of the Paschal candle, representing Jesus, the Light of the World. This has been proclaimed every Easter Vigil Mass since the 7th century in the Latin Rite.


Anonymous owen said...

God bless you my friend and, the Lord is Risen.

April 03, 2010 3:01 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

He is risen indeed!
God bless you and yours Owen!

April 03, 2010 7:19 PM  
Blogger kkollwitz said...

Aaack. I like the Easter Proclamation, but this year we had to babysit the grandkids during the Vigil. It was worth it.

Our daughter-in-law's (convert) best friend (convert) and father (convert) came into the Church last night. Her mother (revert) did last year.

Today's Mass left me feeling very optimistic.

April 04, 2010 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Happy Easter TJ.

It's my third birthday in the Church and it gets better every year, it really does.

April 04, 2010 9:39 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

kkol: very good news of the converts in your circle of family!

I agree, it does keep getting better, the honeymoon ain't over!
The sacraments renew us, thank you Jesus!

April 04, 2010 9:45 PM  

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