This hymn was composed as a response hymn to the Exsultet, the great prayer of praise offered at the beginning of the Easter Vigil service. Originally written in 8 stanzas, it can easily be shortened.

 

Set to the tune Personent Hodie, it is especially effective as a parallel hymn to "On this Day, Earth Shall Ring," the famous Christmas Carol set to the same music.

For a history of Personent Hodie, see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personent_hodie

This hymn is available to use by churches free of charge, with permission. Please contact me at david@davidmadeira.com if interested.

On this Night, Let us Sing!                   

Response hymn to the Exsultet for Easter Vigil
Organ/congregation

Hymn score - verses 1,3-5,8

Complete Text (8 verses)

© 2015 David W. Madeira. All rights reserved. Photography © Adam Hoff.

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