Why the Alleluias are Removed During Lent

Why the Alleluias are Removed During Lent

Why are Alleluias and Absolution removed during Lent

                Alleluias are removed from the service during Lent because the word Alleluia is a word of joy and celebration which means "God be Praised".  There is nothing wrong with praising God but the church felt long ago that using a word of joy in the season when we are called to stare at the crucified Messiah is out of resonance with the meaning of the season.    Essentially you don't want to be singing a word of praise that celebration that Jesus is crucified.  We hold that for Easter so that we are not singing for joy in the season that is marked for sorrow.

        Absolution is taken out of the service, again in honor of the season.  In Lent we are called to remember the cost of our salvation.  Thus in many liturgical churches, the Absolution is removed to help remind us that there was a time before Jesus did die for our sins.  In that case and that time we were a people who languished in our sins, we were stuck and we were lost.

          Now in our parish we partially remove the absolution, in that instead of the pastor pronouncing the forgiveness of sins we use the optional phrase of forgiveness which is "The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness, and remission of all of your sins"

        The pastor isn't pronouncing your forgiveness but you are entrusted to Jesus Christ.  This action should help us to do what Lent is supposed to do; turn us more to our Lord and our Savior Jesus.  By hearing that it is the Lord who grants us pardon, hopefully it causes us to remember our great need for Jesus to save us and the great gift we receive in and through him.

 In Christ,

Pr. Mike

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