Here are photos from our burial on Sunday, February 7, 2016, the last Sunday before Lent. We have had an unusually warm fall and winter, so the ground is hardly frozen. The first burial took place after the 9:30 am Mass at St. Mary’s Church (cold wind, 42 degrees). The second burial followed the 1:00 pm Mass in Spanish at Sacred Heart Church (blowing snow, 25 degrees).
Photos: Ken Hamsa
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.