Hymn #236: Halleluja

This text merely repeats the word "Halleluja."  The word comes from Hebrew roots, "hallelu," meaning "praise" and "Jan" for Jehovah or Yahweh, the name of God.  It has become associated in Christian theology as an exclamation of joy relative to Jesus' resurrection.

"Halleluja," an exclamation of joy, forms the basis of this text.  Congregations can be creative in finding ways to incorporate this response into a resurrection celebration on Easter Day or the Sundays following Easter.

This Caribbean melody is HALLELUJA after the text.  The tune's origins are not known.  Like much music of the Caribbean, it conveys an exuberance that is contagious and may inspire movement and dancing.  A repeat sign invites unlimited repetition.

Caribbean island music, often accompanied only by guitar, steel drums, or other percussion instruments, has a feel all its own.  However, this genre can be traced to the same roots that also gave birth to African American jazz, spirituals, and gospel music.