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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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EXSULTET

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The Easter proclamation, sung at the Easter Vigil, beginning in Latin, "Exsultet iam angelica turba caelorum." In literal translation the opening words read: "Now let the angelic host of heaven exult, exult the mysteries divine; and for the victory of so great a King, sound the trumpet of salvation." Ascribed to St. Augustine, the Exsultet is probably of later origin.