Whatever happened to the Alleluia?
In the Episcopal Church a deacon, or the presider, ends the eucharistic liturgy by dismissing the people. The term comes from the Latin Ite, missa est, “Go, it is the sending.”
During the fifty days of Easter, “alleluia, alleluia” is added to the dismissal and its response. At other times the Alleluia is not used. This makes Easter extra special.