Farewell to Alleluia

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In the faith community to which I belong, today was celebrated as the Transfiguration of our Lord. One custom of this day is to “hide” or “bury” the Alleluia, putting it away from liturgical use until its return in the festive worship of Easter Sunday. Here’s a hymn text I wrote for the end of worship on Transfiguration.

Farewell to Alleluia

O Lord, to you we like to sing

A word that makes our spirits ring:

So we lift high “Alleluia!”

To Three-in-One we give our praise,

Helped by the word that now we raise:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Angels announce the Christmas joy,

Sing of the birth of baby boy:

“Alleluia! Alleluia!”

From heaven God has now drawn near

Filling our minds with gladsome cheer:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The wise men come to him and kneel;

Their racing hearts tap out the peal:

“Alleluia! Alleluia!”

All nations come to Jesus King,

And from their lips begin to spring:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

John to the River Jordan came,

Proclaiming one of greater fame.

“He is here now! Alleluia!”

Upon him see the Spirit lay;

He is God’s chosen; now we say:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

When Jesus’ light shone bright and clear,

Moses and prophet did appear.

Sight of wonder! Alleluia!

John, Peter, James were awed and scared,

Yet in their whisper could be heard:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Now this good word we put away,

Set it aside till Easter Day;

Hm-hm-hm-hm, Hm-hm-hm-hm.

Through time of Lent it is left out,

But one last time we get to shout:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Text: Joseph J. Scholtes, Jr., b. 1948  (c) 2015                                               LAAST UNS ERFREUE 

Music: Geistliche Kirkengesange, Koln, 1623                                                     8 8 8 8 8 and alleluias

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