by Sr Fidelis
We’ve had a very cold spring: several snow storms, lots of biting wind and rain. Yet despite these wintry forces, the sure signs of the season have persevered against all odds. I would find the word inexorable going through my mind during Lent and stopped to ponder that this force of new life, of resurrection life, could not be stopped, no matter the seeming lack of cooperation from the elements!
The reality of the Resurrection is as sure as the buds and green shoots. It does not depend upon our moods or circumstances, which fluctuate like the temperatures. It was and is an unalterable truth, which nature mirrors for us every year.
Alleluia is the highest acclamation of ecstatic joy. We trace this word back to its Hebrew roots – Hallelu -Ya – Praise to Yahweh.
The Paschal Season’s liturgy is brimming with this sign of exultation. One of the loveliest antiphons in the Office is a nine-fold Alleluia, sung at Lauds, which seems to cascade from one Alleluia to the next. It needs no other words – the melody and repeated word of praise convey the elation of Resurrection life.