In Königsmünster Abbey in Germany, there is the tradition of “farewell to the Alleluia” on the Tuesday before Lent.
Daily Vespers always ends with “Benedicamus Domino – Deo gratias” (sung in German to the loose translation “Singet Lob und Preis. / Dank sei Gott dem Herrn”). But on this Tuesday, the version with the double alleluia – with the melody of the dismissal of Mass from Easter and Pentecost.
This rite was fairly spectacular: Would the organist remember that he had to give a different intonation? Would the choir of monks be prepared or totally confused? How many brethren would smile because they had totally forgotten it, but then enjoy hearing the Alleluia for the last time before Easter?
In a few hours we will sing the final Alleluia before Lent in Innsbruck, where I now teach. We have a type of Evensong every Tuesday, and today I will end it with the Easter/Pentecost dismissal with double alleluia. I guess I like to confuse people – and highlight the turning of seasons.