The first eight days of the Easter season form the Easter octave and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord. Each day is another little Easter. While Alleluias (=Hallal Yahweh/Praise the Lord!) were nowhere to be found in Lent, now they resound in multitude.
Victimae paschali laudes
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
Mors et vita duello
dux vitae mortuus,
Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?
Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:
sudarium, et vestes.
Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet suos [vos] in Galilaeam.
[Credendum est magis soli
Quam Judaeorum Turbae fallaci.]
Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.
Let Christians offer sacrificial
praises to the passover victim.
The Lamb has redeemed the sheep:
The Innocent Christ has reconciled
sinners to the Father.
Death and life contended
in a spectacular battle:
the Prince of Life, Who died,
Tell us, Mary, what did
you see on the road?
“I saw the tomb of the living Christ
and the glory of His rising,
The angelic witnesses, the
clothes and the shroud.”
“Christ my hope is arisen;
into Galilee, He will go before His own.”
We know Christ is truly risen from the dead!
To us, victorious King, have mercy!