Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Preparing for Mass
  • Introductory Rites
  • Entrance
  • Greeting
  • Penitential Rite
  • Kyrie Eleison
  • Gloria
  • Opening Prayer
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Biblical Readings
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • Gospel
  • Homily
  • Profession of Faith
  • Prayer of the Faithful
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • Preparation of the gifts
  • Prayer over the offerings
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Preface
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Acclamation
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Invocation
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Institution Narrative
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Elevation
  • Transubstantiation - Miracle of Miracles
  • Eucharistic Prayer - In Memory of Him
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Offering
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Intercessions
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Great Amen
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Sign of Peace
  • Breaking of the Bread - Lamb of God
  • Holy Communion
  • Concluding Rites
  • Conclusion

CHAPTER 7

Gloria

GloriaWe make our own the hymn of the angels who sang to the shepherds announcing the Good News of the Birth of Jesus Christ: “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to people of good will!” (cf. Lk 2:14). In this way, every mass is a renewal of Christmas; because it celebrates Christ’s coming to us just as He came to the world over two thousand years ago.

The Gloria doxology (song of praise) was composed in the second century. Originally in Greek, it now forms part of the Mass in Latin from the 6th century. We sing out in thanks and praise to God for his greatness and love. The Gloria is always a hymn, sung or spoken, of the community, so everyone participates. In Advent and Lent, as a sign of penance, the Gloria is omitted. That is why on Christmas and Easter it returns often accompanied with joy and great celebration.

The Gloria is meant to externally express what our hearts are experiencing at this point in the Mass, and it leads our hearts to further joy. We wish to glorify God because of what He has done for us. We sing with joy, “a great joy that will be for all the people” (cf. Lk 2:10), as the angels said to the shepherds. We are humbled by the greatness of God, and in the middle of this prayer, “Glory to God,” we once again acknowledge that Jesus is the Source of mercy.

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