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During the Lenten season the church fasts from the use of the word "Alleluia" so to use this word of praise with new enthusiasm at Easter.

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This word is not native to the English or even the Latin liturgical vocabulary. It is a Hebrew word, and down the centuries the Church has brought it with her, untranslated (like "Amen"), as a product of the Jewish soil from which she herself sprang and as a reminder of her earliest days. The word is a cry of jubilation meaning "Praise to the Lord," and occurs frequently in the psalms.

Our Alleluia, especially in developed musical form, is like the yodeling of an Alpine shepherd, who at daybreak sees the morning sun touch the snowy peak with the first delicate tint of rose. The feelings in the shepherd's heart at this moment cannot be expresssed in well-chosen words he may have learned in school; he must yodel his feelings.

[Source: Supplement to the Sunday Bulletin of February 3, 2008; St. Paul Parish, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.]

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