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  March 2012 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter 


 
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  • Holy Week approaches

Why isn’t the Gloria sung during Lent?
Special Lenten series

HERE'S AN EXCERPT from Alice Camille's answer to the final Lenten question featured in "Questions Catholics Ask":

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A huge principle in ritual is to move up and down a sliding scale of magnificence so that it is clear what’s really important in the full spectrum of what the church believes. The Resurrection of Jesus is the number-one mystery Christians celebrate, so it’s enhanced with three days of intense liturgy (the Triduum), a full week of solemn commemoration (Holy Week), preceded by 40 days of penitential preparation (the season of Lent)—not to forget every celebration of the Eucharist, of course.

Along with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to get ready for Easter, the church also fasts from saying or singing the word Alleluia as well as singing the Gloria. As one perceptive music minister put it: The church doesn’t sing these great words during Lent for the same reason the church don’t sing Jesus Christ Is Risen Today—until we get there liturgically.

. . . “To sing belongs to lovers,” Saint Augustine once said. To yearn also belongs to lovers—which is why sometimes the church saves the song until its proper hour. Read more.


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