...."Alleluia Sunday" at SMV. Every hymn has alleluias in it--getting us ready for the long Lenten season without them. Zteen says it's not fair--he serves Ash Wednesday noon mass (and has for the past 5 years), so he gets to be the first and most obvious person to respond with a forbidden alleluia by mistake. The first year he did it was pricless--he was such a baby (at least in comparison). He piped up with an alleluia, then said "Oops!" loud enough for everyone to hear it and then slapped his hand over his mouth. More than a few smiles rippled through the congregation.
Anyway, today's great hymn was sung at communion:
Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.
Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus out of every nation has redeemed us by His blood.
Alleluia! not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes, nor questions how;
Though the cloud from sight received Him when the forty days were o’er
Shall our hearts forget His promise, “I am with you evermore”?
Alleluia! bread of angels, Thou on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! here the sinful flee to Thee from day to day:
Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,
Where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea.
Alleluia! King eternal, Thee the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! born of Mary, Earth Thy footstool, Heav’n Thy throne:
Thou within the veil hast entered, robed in flesh our great High Priest;
Thou on earth both priest and victim in the Eucharistic feast.
Here comes Lent. Are you ready?