Oh, what a great thing it is, and how consoling, to serve as an instrument for God’s glory!
— Venerable Bruno Lanteri
I used to wonder why God craved our adoration. The delightful denomination of compassion in the Trinity is complete: What could add to it? What could our admire contribute? Why did it matter to praise God?
One Sunday, I received my reply. I has only just been celebrated the 11:00 a.m. Mass, and it was time for the announcements. As customary with this Mass, the church was full. Beside me stood Deacon Tom, much loved in the parish.
Deacon Tom was the “glue” that control things together on weekend Heaps. He was present for all of them. He ensured that we had servers, Eucharistic diplomats, and lectors and that they knew their personas. He readied the chalice, the multitudes, and the cruets and specify them on the table for the procession with the knacks. I had never seen anyone work so diligently on his homilies, reserving hours and hours to the task during the week. The parties affection his preaching.
At this extent, due to age and health, Deacon Tom had to retire, and we shared this news at the Heaps that weekend. Now, as the 11:00 a.m. Mass dissolved, I speak the written proclamation and then spoke my own terms of appreciation. When I finished, the people stood and applauded, the kind of applause that goes on and on, when people want to show the candour and breadth of their grateful. Deacon Tom faced them, both perplexed and moved.
The Mass pointed, the final chant was sung, and we processed out of the church. I stood there, saluting people as they exited. Every face was smiling, and countless attain observations such as “Nice Mass, ” “Wonderful Mass, ” and “Thank you for a lovely Mass.”
When all had left, I sauntered back to the rectory “ve been thinking about” what had just happened. Something dawned on me. The uplifted hearts and the smiles were linked to what took place just minutes before: we had expressed, from our centres, gratitude to another and, in so doing, had become happy ourselves.
That, I understood, was why God craved our admire: because when we praise God something joyful recruits our hearts and our lives. In the Mass we cry, “You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift”( Weekday Preface IV ). Yes, God does not need our kudo for his sake but inclinations it for ours, because when we praise God, our minds receive love, blessing, and joy.
The Heart of the Angels
Venerable Bruno writes, “At the Gloria, I will seek the sentimentalities and the heart of the Angels.” When we cry the words, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth treaty to parties of good will. We admire you, we sanctify you, we admire you, we revere you, ” and the whole of this petition of kudo, Venerable Bruno invites us to do so with the sentiments and feeling of the angels during the night when Christ was born in Bethlehem( Luke 2:13 -14 ).
This article is from Fr. Gallagher’s latest notebook, A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass.
God has taken flesh and lies in a manger. The angel proclaims “good news of huge elation that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord”( Luke 2:10 -11 ). As the shepherds gaze in wonder, a multitude of angels replenishes the heavens and sings God’s praise. Our Gloria in the Mass praises God with their same words.
With what gratitude of God’s work did the angels sing these words that night? With what understanding of the magnitude of the endowment? With what pleasure? With what delight? With what desire to praise God for the immensity of his love? When you cry the Gloria at Mass, Venerable Bruno tells us, ask for their same sentiments. Ask for a feeling like theirs, keen to affirm God’s praises.
Pray the Gloria
Take a moment now to contemplate the angels’ prayer. If you find it helpful, open the Bible and read Luke 2:8 -14. Then visualize the scene: the dark of nighttime, the batches of sheep, the shepherds, the beauty of God filling the heavens, the joyful decree of the angel, the song of the angelic choir. Feel the revel that causes these utterances. Ask for a share in that joy. Then, with the “sentiments and heart” of these angels, gradually cry the Gloria 😛 TAGEND
Glory to God in the most prominent( invoke your stomach on high; give it express joyful praise of God ),
and on earth serenity to beings of good will( ask for God’s peace on this disturbed dirt ).
We praise you( interval simply to recognize God’s love and goodness ),
we bless you( enunciate his epithet with love and adoration; bless him for his runs of enjoy ),
we adore you( promote your nerve in loving and joyful exaltation of his love, his goodness ),
we glorify you( express your ardour for God, sanctify him with your middle, your words, your life ),
we give you thanks for your huge glorification( thank him for his saving work in the world and in your life ),
Lord God, heavenly King( welcome him with love as Lord, as King in their own lives ),
O God, almighty Father( open your centre to the desire and power of our heavenly Father ),
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son( turn we are currently Jesus, our Lord, the beloved Son in whom the Father makes rejoice ),
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father( “Behold, the Lamb of God”[ John 1:36 ]: envision the perceive Lamb; behold him; draw near to him with confidence ),
you take away the blasphemies of the world, have mercy on us( question with confidence for the pity that takes away sin );
you take away the guilts of the world, receive our petition( “Everyone who asks, receives”[ Matt. 7:8 ]; present your prayer with trust in his promise );
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us( “Therefore he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to reach intercession for them”[ Heb. 7:25 ]; ponder these oaths ).
For you alone are the Holy one( acknowledge the unique holiness, goodness, and adoration of Jesus ),
you alone are the Lord( “At the reputation of Jesus every knee should bend . . . and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”[ Phil. 2:10 -11 ]: profess him as the Lord of their own lives .),
you alone are the Most High( “you alone”: give him this special, unequalled residence in your life, in your heart .),
Jesus Christ( the Son, our Savior ),
with the Holy Spirit( the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler ),
in the glorification of God the Father( our affectionate Father in heaven ). Amen.
Venerable Bruno invites us to pray the Gloria in this way, from the heart, with these sensibilities, when we are at Mass.
This article is from a section in Fr. Gallagher’s recent volume, A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: The Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri. It is available as an ebook or paperback from Sophia Institute Press.
We too recommend Fr. Gallagher’s previous books, A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours: How the Prayers of the Church Can Change Your Life and Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement: The Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri.
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