Saturday, April 07, 2012

This is the Night

The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen
by Rembrandt

"This is the night, which it is written: The night shall be bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.  The sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness, washes fault away, restores lost innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord and brings down the mighty. . . . Oh truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the human."  (from the Easter Vigil Exsultet)

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