Glory, Glory, Glory… 25Nov2018

Have you ever noticed how many times we say the word, Glory, during the Holy Mass? After the processional hymn, the Sign of the Cross and the Kyrie—except during Advent and Lent—we pray: Glory to God in the highest… we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great Glory… You alone are the most high, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the Glory of God the Father.  The first thing we do on Sunday, after placing ourselves in the rightful presence of God, is praise Him and give Him Glory.

After the Gospel is introduced we say, Glory to you O, Lord.

During the Creed, we profess, He will come again in Glory.

As we stand and prepare to enter into the most solemn part of the Holy Mass we pray, May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and Glory of his name.

After the priest finishes the Preface, we proclaim with joyful voices in song, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your Glory.

There are several different Eucharistic prayers the priest may choose, but they all end the same way. Through him, with him, and in him… all Glory and honor is yours, forever and ever.

After we pray the Our Father, the priest says a short prayer to which we respond, For the kingdom, the power, and the Glory are yours now and forever. All during Mass we give Glory to God, but at this moment we give what we think is ours, to Him. Each of us wants to rule over others in some way. Each of us wants to exercise power and dominion over others in some way. Each of us wants a bit of glory and recognition from others in some way, but here we proclaim that what we want for ourselves, in truth belongs to God, now and forever. Amen

Deacon Richard

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