Posts tagged ‘Alleluia’

February 10, 2013

2013-02-10 Notes from the Bench

“Alleluia” by Randall Thompson (1899 – 1984)
A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James Gerber, Music Associate

Today is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the conclusion of the Epiphany season.  This Wednesday we begin our observance of the Lenten season, a time of prayer and fasting.  During these six weeks, we observe a liturgical fast as we refrain from singing or saying the joyful word “alleluia,” which we enjoy throughout the rest of the year.  However, today we feast one last time on our alleluias just as many of us on Shrove Tuesday will feast on our favorite rich foods before entering into our own personal fasts and sacrifices.  Our choirs will sing the anthem, “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson (1899 – 1984) today as we say “farewell” to alleluia.

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