Is an Alleluia sung during Advent before the Gospel?

The title says is all. Is the/an Alleluia [with or without an acclamation verse] sung before the reading of the Gospel during Advent? Lent? References, please.

I understand when the Gloria is not sung.

Sequences for Easter and Pentecost are mandatory, correct?
Sequences for [old style name] Corpus Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows are optional?

Proclamations: The Birth of Christ at Christmas, mandatory.
Other celebrations?

Litany of Saints: Easter?

Thank you for responding. I get a bit confused when I’m told by [not a priest] someone that some of these are prohibited, or mandatory, or up to you.

Please include references if you have them.

Just as a follow-up to Phemie’s post, the Alleluia is to be omitted if it is not sung. Here is the citation from the General Introduction to the Lectionary:

c) The Acclamation before the Reading of the Gospel

  1. The Alleluia or, as the liturgical season requires, the verse before the Gospel is also a “rite or act standing by itself.”41 It serves as the greeting of welcome of the assembled faithful to the Lord who is about to speak to them and as an expression of their faith through song. The Alleluia or the verse before the Gospel must be sung, and during it all stand. It is not to be sung only by the cantor who intones it or by the choir, but by the whole of the people together.42

The Alleluia nor the Gloria are sung during Lent. However, if these two Solemnities occur during Lent, the Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25th), then, the Gloria is sung/recited. The Gloria is not sung during Advent; however, because the Solemnities of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe (bear in mind that in South Texas, this is a MAJOR feast), then it is sung/recited.

The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ is optional, but, recommended, as is the little-known Proclamation of the Date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The Exultet, however, is mandatory, even if it is proclaimed in its optional, shortened form.

I hope this helps…

God bless you all!

Thank you for the references. I am a Roman Catholic for 10 years this coming Easter. Also, I play for our Mass every other Sunday, most often with a guitarist/cantor/jill of all trades.

I want to be ligurgically correct, and, without ruffling feathers, guide us to a most correct liturgy, musically speaking. For example, I remember one Advent where we did not sing any hymn that contained the word “alleluia”. So, again, thank you for your sources and guidance.

Thank you.

While it’s true you don’t sing the “Alleluia” during Lent, you still sing the Gospel Acclimation during Lent using Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ or Glory and Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ as the response in stead of Alleluia.

Thanks. That is one thing of which I am certain. HA.:smiley:

You might want to contact GIA music. They have a beautiful setting written by David Hurd, a Kyriale setting, for Praise and Honor to you, O Lord, Jesus Christ. It is similar to the Kyrie that he wrote. It is very Gregorian and quite solemn. We use it for Daily Mass.

I have a question. Is it to be spoken if there is no one to sing it?

It is written in prose in the Roman Missal, I believe. For a couple of years, the priest at our former parish, who could not sing (and we had no cantor), read it, but, I was a kid at the time.

I only ask because for the last several years I have been the only one to sing it. I have no back up if I become unable. Since it* can* be read, I do not need to panic if something happens. Thanks.

It had been sung by one of our cantors for as long as I’ve been here. Last Easter the new pastor decided to do it himself. He sang the opening then read the rest.

Maybe I shouldn’t say this but when both are possible I’d prefer having the cantor sing it to having the priest read it.

I really don’t have an opinion on that one. I just do what I am asked to do. I am just glad that I do have a plan B