"It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father,
almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
For the days of his saving Passion
and glorious Resurrection
by which the pride
of the ancient foe
and the mystery of our redemption in Christ
Through him the hosts of Angels
adores your majesty
and rejoices in your presence forever.
May our voices, we pray,
join with theirs
in one chorus of exultant praise."
We celebrate our redemption in Christ's passion, death and resurrection, but we also celebrate the defeat, the conquering, the vanquishing of the ancient foe. There are countless enemies facing us in this world and beyond, but none compare to "the ancient foe". And it is with confident assurance that we acknowledge his being vanquished and the freedom that his defeat brings into our life. The power of these days awakens in us great joy.