Easter Tuesday

Middle panel of triptych Resurrection by Reubens
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Victimae Paschali Laudes

Victimae paschali laudes immolent Christiani.
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
reconciliavit peccatores.
Mors et vita duello conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus, regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?
Sepulcrum Christi viventis, et gloriam vidi resurgentis:
Angelicos testes, sudarium, et vestes.
Surrexit Christus spes mea: praecedet suos in Galilaeam.

Scimus Christum surrexisse a mortuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.
Amen. Alleluia.

This sequence from the Easter liturgy is a beautiful text in Latin, above, as well as in English:

To the Paschal victim lift your praise, Christians!
The Lamb has redeemed the sheep.
The innocent Christ has reconciled sinners to the Father.
Death and life battle, an awesome struggle:
The author of life, once dead, now reigns, alive.

Tell us, Mary Magdalen, what you saw as you walked the path.
I saw the living Christ and the glory of the resurrected One.
I saw angels who bore witness, and the burial cloth and clothes.
Risen is Christ my hope.
He is already on his way to Galilee,
ahead of those who belong to him.

We know Christ to be truly risen from the dead:
Victor King, have mercy on us.
Amen. Alleluia!

(To hear this beautiful chant, go to the Wikipedia site for Victimae Paschali Laudes)

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