Posted by: ourbakersdozen | February 12, 2013

Good Bye Alleluia


What exactly does Alleluia mean. If we look it up on dictionary.com we find the following which is pretty accurate as to how we in the church define it.

al·le·lu·ia  [al-uh-loo-yuh]

1.

praise ye the Lord; hallelujah.
noun

2.

a song of praise to God.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English  < Late Latin  < Greek allēlouíā  < Hebrew halălūyāh  praise ye Yahweh

I did some brief research this morning because while I knew that the alleluia is omitted from the Mass during the 40 days of Lent – I was not sure why! According to catholicism.about.com “traditionally, it has been seen as the chief term of praise of the choirs of angels, as they worship around the throne of God in Heaven.” During Lent we are focused more on the “kingdom coming” and not  so much the kingdom as come.  This is evidenced by the readings from Mass, as well as in the Liturgy of the Hours , becoming focused on the old testament journey towards Christ’s salvation.

In addition, to emphasize our own personal journey towards the second coming and our eventual life in Heaven we no longer join in the singing with the Angels and so the church removes the the Alleluia and only brings it back on Easter.
We can help our children experience this in a very visual way if we join in with Catholic Icing as she buries the Alleluia with her children today  or tomorrow. As this is a double birthday in our home – and we have an unplanned Solemn High Mass as well, we will bury the Alleluia tomorrow! I’m looking forward to doing this and if I’m really organized maybe I will even have some pictures to post of it tomorrow. (If taking bets odds are 60 to one I fail… 🙂 )
If this very simple but very meaningful activity is something you would like to do – click here and drop in on Catholic Icing!
(If you care to read a slightly more detailed description as to why Catholics omit the Gloria/Alleluia from the Mass – click here and here.)
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