Hallelujahs and Verse

During the Hallelujahs, as the Gospel Book or Bible is carried (or in the case of a High Feast, the Gospel Procession is forming), the celebrant (or deacon) moves directly to the altar, genuflects, and takes the missal stand, with the Altar Book on it, in both hands to move it to the Gospel side, so that it directly mirrors its former place on the Epistle side. While moving it, he bows briefly at the center. Then, bowing again as he leaves the altar, he approaches the place of reading, whether the Gospel horn or the pulpit (or, in the case of a Gospel procession, he joins the procession down the aisle) for the reading of the Gospel (unless there is a deacon to read it, in which case the celebrant remains at the altar, facing the reader). He processes last, behind crucifer, torches, and book-bearer (assuming there is no deacon).

At St. Paul's, the congregation sings the triple Hallujah, the choir sings the verse, and the congregation repeats the triple Hallelujah. If there is a Gospel procession, the triple Hallelujah is repeated a third time, after the Gospel.

The celebrant (or deacon) does not hold the Book from which he reads, although he does turn any necessary pages.

5 comments:

Father Eckardt said...

What variations of this part are in use among you?

Venkman said...

Point of clarification, the bowing which you speak of is a simple bowing of the head. The crucifix and Gospel Book do not bow towards the altar. Only the attendants themselves. Again, this is done by only a slight bow of the head. At least that is what I was taught...by someone...

-Fr Russell

Father Eckardt said...

Point of clarification: which bowing are you referring to here?

Venkman said...

The bowing of the Book bearer and crucifer.

Father Eckardt said...

Oh. Well, when the crucifix and Book are carried in procession, the attendants don't bow anyhow. Although there might be some circumstances in which they would, I can't think of them right off.

Fr. BF Eckardt, Editor-in-chief, Gottesdienst