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Decently Writ, XVI: Easter Edition

April 20, 2014

This [Great Alleluia] rises with a slow movement; if rises above the grave of Adam, and it has the blood of Christ on its wings. It is the marriage song of the Paschal night, which will grow slowly brighter as it meets the day of resurrection. But these are only words. The first alleluia of the Paschal night is a mystery, unutterable like all mysteries. As this alleluia is, so is the whole life of Christians: A gentle, quiet song of joy which meets the rise of day in the midst of the suffering of night time.

~ Aemiliana Löhr, The Mass Throughout the Year 2: Holy Week to the Last Sunday after Pentecost, tr. I. T. Hale (Westminster, Md. 1959), p. 64

The Great Alleluia is one of the oldest chants of the Christian Church, and, along with the Exsultet, marks the solemnity of the Paschal Vigil in profound ways, connecting those gathered for the Resurrection liturgy to Christians across the centuries and continents: it is a proclamation and reaffirmation of the Body of Christ in both its literal, Resurrected sense as the Living Son, and in its metaphysical, Mysterious sense through the witness of the Communion of Saints.


[Thanks to fellow blogger Sinden for pointing us to this quotation.]

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