Why Isn’t the Alleluia Sung During Lent?

Why Isn't the Alleluia Sung During Lent?

JAKARTA, Gtpministries.org – Alleluia comes from the Hebrew “Hallelu-Ya” , ‘Praise God’. The reason why during Lent is not the “Alleluia” sung?

The forty days of Lent are intended to remind believers of the Israelites’ forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Thus, Lent is a time of self-reflection and cleansing, a reminder that there was a time when humanity was “unredeemed.” Lent is a time when every believer wanders in a “spiritual desert,” waiting for the Savior.

Apart from Alleluia, the song “Gloria/Glory” which echoes the words of the angels at the birth of Jesus, was also omitted. In addition, the Responsorial Psalm is taken from the Repentant Psalm or other psalms which express the attitude of “crying out” to God in times of trial. For altar decorations, it is also recommended not to overdo it, there are even suggestions to eliminate flowers as altar decorations.

All these changes help people to focus their hearts on repentance and direct their lives more perfectly to God’s will, through penance and prayer.

Fasting from Words

For the seven weeks of Lent, the Church “fasts” by not singing or reciting “Alleluia”. Why is it called “fasting”. This is because fasting is not only a lesson in self-discipline, but also an entry into deeper prayer. St. Isaac the Syrian, a bishop of the Eastern Church who lived in the seventh century, once wrote: “When a person begins to fast, he immediately thinks of having a conversation with God.” The Alleluia Fast (and other joyful prayers) is part of the spiritual practice during Lent.

Lent is an opportunity to focus prayer, to acknowledge something that the modern secular world rejects. We are sinners in need of repentance and salvation. Although through baptism we have been washed from original sin and clothed with grace, we can tarnish or even destroy it with sinful thoughts or actions. When we fast, we see how we may have strayed from God’s plan for our lives.

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