What can be Better than a Hallelujah?
Transfiguration Sunday is the last Sunday in the church year before Lent. During Lent, many church’s in my denomination give up singing or saying either “Hallelujah” or “Alleluia”. Many of us also use a song called “Farewell to Alleluia” at the close of the Transfiguration service.
Lent is not a time for Hallelujah or Alleluia so it seems appropriate to squeeze in a few at this Transfiguration observation. Here are two additional musical thoughts to draw one’s attention to these great words that we use as proclamations of faith and to express thanks and praise.
Consider opening up your Transfiguration service with the song “A Thousand Hallelujahs” by Mark Roach. You can hear it here (this is actually a teaching video for guitarists as well):
Also, consider using Amy Grant’s “Better than a Hallelujah” somewhere in the service, because sometimes a small prayer or bringing a lament before the Lord in worship might be more important to you than bringing a hardy hallelujah. You can hear this here:
One further recommendation would be to keep the service and the congregational music focused on our Lord’s Transfiguration and to use “A Thousand Hallelujah’s” as the pre-service music and “Better than a Hallelujah” during the Offering, this way you will have the focus on the Transfiguration but another sub-theme on “Farwell to Hallelujah” running parallel to the main worship theme.