“Alleluia” is Hebrew word that means “Praise the Lord,” or more literally, “Praise Yahweh.” It is occasionally spelled “Hallelujah,” although this spelling can sometimes lead to mispronunciations. In the Bible, it is used primarily in the Psalms and Revelation. “Alleluia” has been used in the worship life of God’s people, even from ancient times, proclaiming praise to God in joy, thankfulness, and triumph!
One church tradition is to “put away” the “Alleluias” during the 40-day season of Lent. "Alleluia" is omitted from worship beginning AshWednesday until Easter, creating a powerful contrast. When a Saturday evening Easter Vigil is observed, the first “Alleluias” are proclaimed after sunset, and of course, Easter morning is filled with joyful “Alleluias,” celebrating the resurrection of our Lord, and continue through the rest of the church year!