Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Vale alleluia

I always find the return of the Alleluia at the Easter vigil a moving moment. Like the leaven removed during the Passover season, we expunge it from our liturgy, to have it return full and glorious at Easter.
But then, I have to say, I am only too glad to have it cut back to size at the end of Eastertide; I worked out that in today's office (EF), Tuesday in the octave of Pentecost, one says Alleluia 162 times!
Matins, 37; Lauds, 21; Prime, 13; Terce, 13; Sext, 15; None. 17; Vespers, 21 and Compline, 25.
If I had celebrated the EF Mass (which I didn't), I would have added on another 13 alleluias making 175 in all.
And yes, I'm aware that the pic shows a Christmas alleluia, not an Easter one.


Steven said...

Toomuch of a good think can make us sick!!

Anonymous said...

The glorious Alleluia! Thank you Father for praying this holy and ineffable word so many times. Alleluia! May it leaven the old dough in us and refreshen the whole Church with the sound of the Heavenly Jerusalem; Alleluia! the sound that thrills; Alleluia! the notes that empower us to lift our crosses and carry them with alacrity. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

gemoftheocean said...

I'm a little sorry to see the "Easter Alleluia" at the end of Mass etc. "go."

Bitte said...

I really like that post! I had a discussion with a priest about the Alleluia - in Sweden (and other countries as well?) the lectors sing it before the Gospel reading. In Sweden we pronoiúnce it a little differently; Halleluja.

In Christ

gemoftheocean said...

Fr. Dude. What up? You're not dead or running 20 parishes or something now, are you?