Exultet The Easter Proclamation
 Let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King's triumph!

 

The Exultet is the ancient hymn sung by a Deacon at the start of the Easter Vigil in praise of the Paschal Candle which stands as a firm and true symbol of Our Risen Lord, Christ. Its date of composition is said to be anywhere between the 5th and 7th centuries. In a section of the hymn that acts as a kind of preface

a parallel is drawn between the Passover of the Old and the New Covenants, the candle being here a type of the Pillar of fire. And here the language of the liturgy rises into heights to which it is hard to parallel in Christian literature. We are drawn out of cold dogmatic statement into the warmth of the deepest mysticism, to the region where, in the light of paradise, even the sin of Adam may be regarded as "truly necessary" and a "happy fault"…The candle itself is offered as a burnt-sacrifice, a type of Christ, marked by the grains of incense as with the five glorious wounds of His Passion.

Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1909 By Robert Appelton Company

 
Each year, the RCIA of St. Joseph's in Lake Orion provides for the Sisters a beautifully hand painted Paschal Candle. This great act of charity serves as a powerful means to more closely unite the Sisters, the people who serve the Church in ministry and those candidates and catechumens coming into the Church. The theme and images for the candle are prepared by Denise Donaldson and images are painted by the RCIA members.
This being the Year of Faith as promulgated by then Pope Benedict XVI, Denise chose "Faith" as this year's theme. Although many passages from Holy Scripture speak of faith without directly mentioning the word, Denise chose passages that included the word.  

 
 Mark 2:5
And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, Son your sins are forgiven.

 

 

 

 
 From all of the Sisters of Mt. Thabor We Wish you and your families a very Happy Easter!

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