by Woody Faulkner, Music Director and Organist–
Did you notice that during the season of Lent there were no “Alleluias” sung or spoken in worship? During Lent, the liturgy of worship often reflects a more solemn and introspective quality represented in the 40 days of the life of Christ leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. The word “Alleluia,” or in the more archaic spelling “Halleluja,” comes from the Hebrew word meaning “Praise to God” and is considered a joyful proclamation; therefore considered somewhat inappropriate for the season of Lent. This absence is all the more acutely felt when on Easter morning we proclaim: “Alleluia, Christ is Risen” followed by “He is Risen, Alleluia!” Our hymns also bring back the joyfulness of this proclamation by singing, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, Alleluia!” The Doxology also returns to the text that uses “Alleluia.” As we return to using “Alleluia” in worship, be mindful that this word of joy and praise reminds us of the life, suffering, and death of Christ culminating in the Resurrection of Easter.