Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God
So also consider yourself dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death,
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
is a song of praise from the Book of Common Prayer and by tradition is recited daily during the Great Fifty Days of Easter.
It begins and ends with the same word, Alleluia. Alleluia is repeated twice more in the middle.
Alleluia is the Latinized spelling of the Hebrew Hallelujah. Hallelujah is a compound word meaning “Praise be to God!”
Our Easter hymn begins and ends by saying, “Praise be to God.”
I wonder the difference it would make in our lives if we began and ended each day with Alleluia?
I wonder the difference it would make if we, like the hymn, returned thanks twice in-between the start and the end of each day?
I wonder the difference it would make for us to take up the practice of pausing whatever we are doing and giving thanks to God for what we see around us?
A friend once taught me a practice she called “Gaze and Praise.” It is a very simple practice but profoundly impactful, especially when the world seems chaotic.
Gaze and Praise
simply sit for 5 minutes and look at whatever you can see from the window. Use patio, deck, or sun porch in good weather. Be still. Notice what you might not have seen before. Be curious like a child. Be grateful. Take a deep breath and say “Praise be to God” or Alleluia before continuing with your day.
The season of Easter is all about relishing the joy of God’s new creation that has been ushered in by the resurrection of Jesus.
I hope you will relish in the joy of this season by practicing your Alleluias all season long.
And know that one of the things I give praise to God for is you.
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Donnie Wilkinson