No “Alleluias” in Lent?

After we leave worship on Transfiguration Sunday we meet again on Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. One custom of the church since the Middle Ages is to carry out a banner or sign with the word “Alleluia.” We figuratively remove this joyous word from worship until Easter morning.

God of all, your son Jesus rode into Jerusalem amid shouts of “Alleluia.” His journey took him from a manger in Bethlehem, to a cross on Calvary, to a glorious resurrection. Stay with us as we travel through Let. Keep our hearts and minds from wandering off the path before us, until once again we shout “Alleluia” at the empty tomb of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.