Absolute Joy and Praise to God

September 29, 2021 - 10:03am
Musical Walk Through The Mass   Gloria
A Musical Walk Through the Mass: The Gloria

The Gloria (sometimes referred to as the “Glory to God”) is a beautiful prayer that we sing toward the beginning of Mass.

It is a reminder for us of our calling to praise and glorify God and allows us to express our praise as a community.

The Gloria is sung on Sundays outside of Advent and Lent, and on solemnities and feasts. The Latin word, Gloria, means “glory” or “glory be given to…”  It is often referred to as “the angelic hymn” and was first intoned by the angels from heaven at the birth of Christ on earth.

The Gloria is actually a prayer that is an ancient hymn with three sections (sometimes considered verses):

The first part is the song that was sung by the heavenly choir of angels at the birth of Jesus (“Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests”, Luke 2).

The second part praises God through a five-fold invocation of praise, which emphasizes the majesty of God. “We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory!”

The third part prays to Jesus, asking Him to save us from our sins (“receive our prayer … have mercy on us”) and we praise him (“You alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High.”).

We sing the Gloria because it is a song of absolute joy and praise to God – praising God, recognizing the Father as our heavenly King and Jesus as the Lamb of God - what better way to start the Mass then to glorify God!

This week, we begin singing a new version of The Gloria at St. Michael. This version is from the Mass of St. Francis Cabrini. We have been singing the other parts of this Mass setting for several months (the Alleluia, Holy, Mystery of Faith, Amen and Lamb of God). We realize this is new and may take some time to “own”, but we are looking forward to singing it with you as we make it part of our St. Michael’s repertoire.



The Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest)

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, Heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
You take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us;
You take away the sin of the world,
receive our prayer;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One;
you alone are the Lord.

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God, the Father.



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