CHAPTER 15 – The Times for Saying Alleluia

From the holy feast of Easter until Pentecost, “alleluia” is always said with both the psalms and the responsories. RB 15:1

Chapter 15 is a short chapter and can be easily missed or thought of as unimportant. There seems to be nothing in the chapter except a list of times when Alleluia should be said or sung at the Liturgy of the Hours. However, the inclusion of this chapter indicates that praying with the word Alleluia throughout the year, except for Lent, must have been important for Benedict.

The Hebrew word Alleluia/Halleluya, as an expression of praise to God, was preserved untranslated. It is considered a superlative expression of thanksgiving and praise. May our lives be filled with Alleluia days!