amidst our other words. Its mysterious beauty is as though a drop of Heaven’s overflowing joy had fallen down on our earth. The patriarchs and prophets relished it, and then the Holy Ghost put it on the lips of the Apostles, from whom it flowed even to us. It signifies the eternal feast of the Angels and Saints, which consists in their endless praise of God, and in ceaselessly singing their ever new admiration of the beauty of the God on Whose Face they are to gaze for everlasting ages. This mortal life of ours can in no wise attain such bliss as this. But to know where it is to be found, and to have a foretaste of it by the happiness of hope, and to hunger and thirst for what we thus taste, this is the perfection of saints here below. For this reason, the word Alleluia has not been translated; it has been left in its original Hebrew, as a stranger to tell us that there is a joy in his native land, which could not dwell in ours: he has come among us to signify, rather than to express that joy."
- Dom Gueranger