Calvary Episcopal Church
April 15, 2001
Volume 46, No.15
Alleluia is a Hebrew word. It is more of a celebration
than an assertion. It is more a shout of unbridled joy than a word for
worship. In Judaism's liturgy, Alleluia is the fundamental expression
of a person's delirious delight in God. Alleluia is a song more than an
statement. More of a dance than a response. To sing and dance and live
Alleluia is to taste and become the glory of God.
Alleluia pass your lips without it being loaded with joy and confidence
and delirious delight in God's glory and grace.
Amen is a Hebrew word. It is often translated: "Let it be."
It usually concludes prayers, grace, sermons, etc. (on occasion, some
sermons are filled with it). The Hebrew (amen) literally
means "certainty, truth." In the Hebrew Bible Amen is an expression
of "ratification," or "watch us in action; we will perform
what we have prayed or heard."
is as much a beginning for prayer or sermon as an ending. It is doing
faith as well as reciting faith. Amen is as much living out God's "truth"
in the week ahead as a statement at the end of a sacrament.
Amen pass your lips without it being loaded with bold truth and daring
Easter, the Festival of Christ's Resurrection, is our deepest and most
profound expression and experience of Alleluia and Amen.
Come, People of God celebrate the song and sacrament of Easter's Alleluia.
Live the bold truth and daily action of Easter's Amen.
~ Doug Bailey, Rector