In Anticipation

by Sr Nunother  

I’ve been thinking about words. Even a good word, a positive word, can be a weapon when delivered with a sarcastic voice inflection. A seemingly innocent word can trigger a negative response, depending on an individual’s history. Words can also encourage and set free, inspire and comfort. During Lent, a specific word is suspended from the Liturgy of the Hours. It’s a word that I personally miss singing, although not one I often — if ever — speak.  That word is alleluia. It translates as “a song of praise to God” and “an expression of joy that a thing hoped or waited for has happened.” In the western church, the Lenten omission of alleluia dates back to the fifth century.  It’s an appropriate restraint as we reflect on our faith and walk with Jesus as he journeys to the cross. On Easter Sunday Lauds, alleluia will be sung twenty-four times. It will seem like more. Alleluia! A beautiful word to anticipate.


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About Sr. Nun Other

May 16, 2012, completed my 30th year as a Sister. It was both a milestone and just another day in an interesting journey. Some of those thirty years included singing with Gloriae Dei Cantores, marching in Spirit of America band, and serving on our Sisters Council. As a monastic, I live surrounded by beauty and within a frame work of opportunity and possibility. I'm sixty-four (much to my surprise) and extremely grateful for my life as a sister - past, present, and future.

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