This is the night when you first saved our ancestors,
freeing Israel from her slavery
and leading her safely through the sea.
This is the night when Jesus Christ vanquished hell,
broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.
This is the night when all who believe in him are freed from sin,
restored to grace and holiness,
and share the victory of Christ.
This is the night that gave us back what we had lost;
beyond our deepest dreams
you made even our sin a happy fault.
—from the Exsultet
Photos from the combined 2018 Easter Vigil celebration in Washington, D.C., annually hosted by the Church of the Resurrection, Church of the Advent, and Church of the Ascension.