21 February 2012

The Alleluia: Farewell!


It used to take place on the eve of Septuagesima Sunday, but since we don't have the "Gesima Sundays" any more (such a pity, but let's pray they're restored to us), we've moved the farewell to the alleluia to the day before Ash Wednesday.

Today the students bring the "alleluias" they've written and place them in a large wooden box, which will be taken in procession to the Lady Chapel after Mass. We'll make our farewell until we welcome the Alleluia back at the Solemn Vigil of Easter.

Alleluia, abide with us today, and tomorrow thou shalt set forth, Alleluia ; and when the day shall have risen, thou shalt proceed on thy way, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

May the good angel of the Lord accompany thee, Alleluia, and give thee a good journey, that thou mayst come back to us in joy, Alleluia.

May Alleluia, that sacred and joyful word, resound to God's praise from the lips of all people.

May this word, which expresses glory as chanted by the choirs of angels, be sweet as sung by the voices of believers.

And may that which noiselessly gleams in the citizens of heaven, yield fruit in our hearts by ever growing love.

May the Lord's good angel go with thee, Alleluia ; and prepare all good things for thy journey. And again come back to us with joy, Alleluia.

Let us pray. O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.