Wednesday, 12 April 2006

Lent and Premature Alleluias

I enjoyed this....

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams - Easter Message to his Diocese
I was always taught, of course, that you should never under any circumstances say ‘Alleluia’ during Lent. It was like giving up chocolate or alcohol. Save it till Easter, and then you’ll really enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed.

There’s plenty of good sense about this, if we understand what Lent is properly about – a preparation for Easter, a reminder that we still live in a world in which Easter hasn’t yet quite sunk in and changed as it should.

Well, this year I started Lent in Sudan.

one thing you quickly discover at worship in the Sudan is that there is no occasion free from alleluias. That Ash Wednesday service echoed with the joyful shouting of ‘Alleluia’ – from the children and the women especially as we came in, from every speaker who got near the microphone during the service, in hymns and songs throughout. My liturgical conscience had to resign and slink away. Lent it might be, but this was not an Easter-free zone.
UPDATE: sorry, can't find the link any more.