Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.

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Posted: Feb 20 2007 at 9:11pm | IP Logged Quote BrendaPeter

From "Around the World with the Trapp Family":

In medieval times they used to "bury the
Alleluia" solemnly in the cathedral and in the abbey churches. This
custom was nearly forgotten, but we came across it again on the happy day
when we were privileged to celebrate Holy Mass in the creative and
inspired parish of our friend, Monsignor Martin Hellriegel. There, in a
solemn procession, the school children carried a wooden tablet on which
was engraved the word "Alleluia" through the main aisle of the church
over to the altar of the Blessed Mother where they put it at her feet and
covered it with a purple cloth. There it would remain until Easter, when,
in a triumphant tone of voice, the priest would intone, for the first
time after forty days, a three-fold Alleluia.

This impressed us so deeply that we wished it could be introduced into
all parish churches, to make the congregation conscious that Alleluia is
the ancient Hebrew chant of triumph with which a victor was hailed after
the battle. It is also the chant St. John heard in heaven, as he tells us
in the Apocalypse. This Alleluia has to be suspended in a time devoted to
fathoming the thought that we are "poor, banished children of Eve,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears." Only in the Easter
festivities shall we again hail Our Lord, the victor over Satan, Who will
reopen to us the kingdom of heaven.


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Posted: Feb 20 2007 at 10:01pm | IP Logged Quote Mrs.K

I thought of you ladies and all of these dear 'goodbyes' this morning at Mass. Monsignor chose 'All Creatures of Our God and King' for the closing hymn as a last opportunity to sing 'Alleluia'. It was very thoughtful of him and so lovely!

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