Oddly, the Byzantine Rite reserves Alleluia only for Lenten seasons. Nonetheless, I think St. Augustine's aphorism still works as a description of the Orthodox being lenten and paschal all at the same time.
You know, I decided to check out the number of alleluias we sang/said in the Divine Service this week: 79 times!
Well, I would count all the Alleluias we sing in the Orthodox services during Lent, but I have a thousand prostrations to do by Presanctified tomorrow night. :) Blessed Eastertide and good luck storming the gates.
Me and my family worshipped on Easter with the Chinese-Language ministry at our Church. There were only two words we understood: Alleluia, and Amen.(also "this is My Body" and "this is My Blood" which Pr. Li graciously spoke for us in our own language).We are truly one Easter people, undivided by language or culture. Alleluia! Amen!
Do you know the source of this citation?
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