Prayers, please, for someone who is in terribly deep depression.
Thanks! God's will be done! NRN JL
February 18, June 19, October 19
Chapter 15: At What Times "Alleluia" Is to Be Said
From holy Easter until Pentecost without interruption
let "Alleluia" be said
both in the Psalms and in the responsories.
From Pentecost to the beginning of Lent
let it be said every night
with the last six Psalms of the Night Office only.
On every Sunday, however, outside of Lent,
the canticles, the Morning Office, Prime, Terce, Sext and None
shall be said with "Alleluia,"
but Vespers with antiphons.
The responsories are never to be said with "Alleluia"
except from Easter to Pentecost.
Well, in the West, apparently already by St. Benedict's
time, "Alleluia" became a happy word of celebration the use of which
was proscribed in somber times like Lent. That didn't happen in the
East. They go merrily along with Alleluia, even in the depths of
Lent. There might be a lot more sense to that, actually.
"Alleluia" means "Praise the Lord!" I know we have taken it to mean
something a lot more like "Whoopee!", but it doesn't. I bow to St.
Benedict and Western tradition in the liturgical use. In our hearts,
however, there should be an "Alleluia/praise the Lord" at all times
and seasons. "Praise the Lord anyhow!" the charismatics used to say
when something dreadful or unlovely happened to one. How true, how
In every heartbreak, in every despair, in every grief we must
ardently cling to our faith that God is merciful and good. We must
see that when we feel unable to see it. We must, by faith and sheer
will, affirm that the Lord must be praised at all times. He is not
mean. Whatever is bleak shall never, ever lack His tender, caressing
hand behind it, no matter how unseen to us. It is there. He is there.
Always! Praise the Lord!
Love and prayers,
jeromeleo@... St. Mary's Monastery Petersham, MA