Gloria – Mass of the Divine Song


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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.

Laudámus te,
benedícimus te,
adorámus te,
glorificámus te,

grátias ágimus tibi
propter magnam glóriam tuam,

Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis,
Deus Pater omnípotens.

Dómine Fili unigénite, Jesu Christe,
Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei,
Fílius Patris,
qui tollis peccáta mundi,
miserére nobis;

qui tollis peccáta mundi,
súscipe deprecatiónem nostram.
Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris,
miserére nobis.

Quóniam tu solus Sanctus,
tu solus Dóminus,
tu solus Altíssimus,
Jesu Christe, cum Sancto Spíritu:
in glória Dei Patris. Amen

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

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 sins of the world,
have mercy on us;

you take away the sins 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. Amen.

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

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