Halle, Halle, Hallelujah

Halle, Halle, Hallelujah! Traditional Caribbean refrain with stanzas by George Mulrain* (1946- ).  The refrain of ‘Halle, Halle, Hallelujah’ is one of the most popular Caribbean songs among North American churches, appearing in many recent hymnals published since 1995. The refrain is often used as the Gospel acclamation. To this traditional joyful, syncopated refrain, George Mulrain added four stanzas that both capture the spirituality of this region and incorporate significant biblical and theological insights.  The first stanza’s allusion to the incipit of ‘Rock of Ages, cleft for me’* by Augustus Montague Toplady* draws deeply from the Exodus narrative where the rock is an image of...

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