Gloria – Mass of the Divine Song
2. Gloria – Divine response.
(During the season of Lent, celebrating Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, the Gloria is not sung. Instead, an instrumental Interlude is played; the sound of angels bringing good tidings. This gentle interlude without words helps to calm you and focus your awareness. God is responding to his good and faithful servant.)
|Glória in excélsis Deo
et in terra pax
homínibus bonæ voluntátis.
grátias ágimus tibi
Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis,
Dómine Fili unigénite, Jesu Christe,
qui tollis peccáta mundi,
Quóniam tu solus Sanctus,
|Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace
to people of goodwill.
We praise you,
we give you thanks
Lord God, heavenly King,
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
you take away the sins of the world,
For you alone are the Holy One,
The Gloria is the divine response. You can imagine your guardian angel looking at your still, quiet form, then at God, asking, “Is this poor, helpless person ready? Is it time?” God looks at him and nods, yes, it is time. We hear a soft high tinkle, the beginning of the divine response. Then the angel sings, “Gloria.” This is the light, love, vibration, energy of the word that is with God and is God. It is testing your receptivity.
There is a deep echoing response. Other angels hear this and begin coming away from their work and join in the singing. Not just a song, but the help he needs at this time. God sees all his angels leaving their work behind and says “Get back to your fields and tuning your harps and polishing those gold crowns.” They look at him calmly and say, ”This is more important.” He looks at your totally calm, receptive form and says, ”You are right, this is more important.” The song swells to a great crescendo in excelsis Deo. This movement shows many sides of Gloria. Peaceful, glorious, triumphant, possibly a little scary at times. But it ends as it started, with the feeling of the message, “Be not afraid.” You are uplifted.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God
John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Revelation 19:6 – And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness