Sunday, February 22, 2009
Goodbye to Alleluia
Today, in the Ordinary Form of the Mass, we said goodbye to Alleluia. In the Old Calendar, we have been without the Alleluia or the Gloria since Septuagesima, three Sundays ago.
At the end of the principal Mass, we buried in the church courtyard a little straw man with the word "Alleluia" on his chest. We'll resurrect him at Easter Vigil.
The liturgy was full of Alleluias. The worship bulletin had a short paragraph on the reasons for saying farewell to Alleluia. A lot of people came up to me afterwards and most said, "I never knew that!"
Here's what we sang:
Processional hymn: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
Introit: from the Anglican Gradual
Psalm: from Chabanel Psalms
Offertory hymn: Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Communion hymns: Adoro te devote; Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether
Post-communion: Triple-fold Alleluia set to a Psalm tone
Recessional hymn: Alleluia, Song of Gladness
During Lent, the organ will be very spare, no prelude or postlude. We'll return to chanting the Ordinary. The plan is to re-introduce the Communion Antiphon during Lent.