Why don’t we sing the Alleluia during Lent?
The word Alleluia, like many other words, is a verbal symbol that expresses joy, the feeling of exuberance that comes with victory.
Church leaders, accordingly, feel that saying or singing this word during the season of Lent is misplaced, for during this time we will hear about the struggles of Jesus with the leaders of the Jews and then his passion and death. So they substitute another phrase to introduce the Gospel: Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
On Holy Saturday evening, to begin the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and triumph over death, the Church leaders re-insert the Alleluia to express our joy and exuberance once again.
I hope this helps,
Fr. Joe Muller, MSC
Fr. Muller is the Director of the MSC’s involvement in the Mission Cooperation Plan.