On Sunday, February 7, 2016, we will bury the alleluia after the 9:30 am and the 1:00 pm Masses. As this is the final Sunday in Ordinary Time before Lent, this will be the last time we say “Alleluia” until the Easter Vigil.

Burying the Alleluia serves as a way to prepare ourselves for Lent. We say “goodbye” to the Alleluia. After the final dismissal, we will process outside and bury a scroll with the word Alleluia written on it.

Pope Alexander II (Pope from 1061-1073) decreed that a simple ceremony mark the dismissal of the Alleluia. This extralitugical event has taken on many variations throughout the world. Here are some photos of a community in France burying the Alleluia.