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“We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” –St. Augustine


On Easter Sunday we attended Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.  The pastor began his homily by pointing out an image of St. Augustine and spoke the words above. 

“Alleluia” was the proclamation of the Apostles and the song of the first Christians.  It was the heartbeat and breath of the first martyrs – without it they wouldn’t have had a reason to lay down their lives. The simple word, “Alleluia”, gives meaning to our day to day lives – the joy, the sorrow, the love, the pain and suffering, and the peace.

“Alleluia” reminds us, in the words of St. Therese, that “the world is thy ship and not thy home.” It redirects our thoughts and actions towards the Almighty.  Truly understood, it empties us of self and fills us with Love.

My prayer this Easter Season is that we become a living example of the first “Alleluia”. I pray we remember that we don’t live in a perpetual Good Friday; rather, we sing of the glorified wounds of Our Lord and therefore sing of our own glorified wounds.

As the Easter Octave comes to an end this weekend, may we take the joys and blessings of Our Alleluia into the ‘ordinary time’ and routine of our lives.

We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!


Written by: Alycia