The 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as are feast days, or better as one “Great Sunday.” St. Augustine says: “We are Easter people; Alleluia is our song.” Alleluia is one of those words that needs to be sung. We’ll sing it over and over again this Easter season. What exactly does it mean? Literally, the word is a short form for the sentence: “God’s people praise God!” But it’s one of those words that defies translation, like “Hooray!” Even the instructions in our liturgical books say that if the Alleluia cannot be sung, it should be omitted. So whether the liturgy is celebrated in a cathedral or a catacomb, in a parish church or in the domestic church of the home, “Alleluia” is our song.
There will be no public Masses at St. Andrew during Easter in 2020, due to the coronavirus quarantine. Below are several resources you can use to celebrate at home.
Readings and Commentary
Songs for the Easter Season (Oregon Catholic Press)
Virtual Retreats (Liturgy Training Publications)
These are held every Thursday during the Easter season, in anticipation of the Sunday liturgies.