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 kudo. The pleasurable denomination of enjoy in the Trinity is complete: What could add to it? What could our praise lend? Why did it matter to praise God?
One Sunday, I received my answer. I had just 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 desired in the parish.
Deacon Tom was the “glue” that give things together on weekend Spates. He was present for all of them. He ensured that we had servers, Eucharistic pastors, and lectors and that they knew their roles. He cooked the chalice, the legions, and the cruets and specify them on the table for the procession with the endows. I had never seen anyone work so diligently on his homilies, reserving hours and hours to the task during the week. The people affection his preaching.
At this station, due to age and health, Deacon Tom had to retire, and we shared this news at the Piles that weekend. Now, as the 11:00 a.m. Mass dissolved, I read the scripted advertisement and then spoke my own commands of gratitude. When I finished, the person or persons stood and praised, the kind of applause that goes on and on, when people want to show the honesty and depth of their gratitude. Deacon Tom faced them, both embarrassed and moved.
The Mass ceased, the final carol was sung, and we processed out of the church. I stood there, responding parties as they exited. Every face was smiling, and numerous constitute commentaries such as “Nice Mass, ” “Wonderful Mass, ” and “Thank you for a lovely Mass.”
When all had left, I moved 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 centers, gratitude to another and, in so doing, had become happy ourselves.
That, I understood, was why God wanted our accolade: because when we praise God something joyful penetrates our hearts and our lives. In the Mass we cry, “You have no need of our adoration, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift”( Weekday Preface IV ). Yes, God does not need our homage for his sake but desires it for ours, because when we praise God, our middles receive love, mercy, and joy.
The Heart of the Angels
Venerable Bruno writes, “At the Gloria, I will seek the sentiments and the very heart of the Angels.” When we pray the words, “Glory to God in the most prominent, and on earth conciliation to beings of goodwill. We admire you, we anoint you, we admire you, we praise you, ” and the whole of this prayer of praise, Venerable Bruno invites us to do so with the feelings and soul of the angels on the night when Christ was born in Bethlehem( Luke 2:13 -14 ).
This article is from Fr. Gallagher’s latest volume, A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass.
God has made flesh and lies in a manger. The angel proclaims “good news of immense charm 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 crowds the heavens and sings God’s praise. Our Gloria in the Mass admires God with their same words.
With what acknowledgment of God’s work did the angels sing these paroles that night? With what understanding of the magnitude of the gift? With what joyfulnes? With what delight? With what desire to praise God for the expanse of his love? When you cry the Gloria at Mass, Venerable Bruno tells us, asking questions their same affections. Ask for a center like theirs, anxious to proclaim God’s praises.
Pray the Gloria
Take a moment now to contemplate the angels’ prayer. If you find it supportive, open the Bible and speak Luke 2:8 -14. Then visualize the situation: the dark of night, the batches of sheep, the shepherds, the splendor of God filling the heavens, the joyful proclamation of the angel, the song of the celestial choir. Feel the thrill that causes these oaths. 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( develop your soul on high; give it express joyful admire of God ),
and on earth peacefulnes to beings of good will( asking questions God’s conciliation on this distressed soil ).
We praise you( interrupt simply to recognize God’s love and goodness ),
we bless you( enunciate his honour with love and reverence; bless him for his employs of kindnes ),
we adore you( heave your mind in submissive and pleasurable exaltation of his love, his goodness ),
we glorify you( express your charity for God, exalt him with your mettle, your words, their own lives ),
we give you thanks for your enormous glorification( thank for his saving work in the world and in your life ),
Lord God, heavenly King( welcome him with love as Lord, as King in your life ),
O God, almighty Father( open your centre to the beloved and strength of our heavenly Father ),
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son( turn we are currently Jesus, our Lord, the beloved Son in whom the Father takes delight ),
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father( “Behold, the Lamb of God”[ John 1:36 ]: witnes the see Lamb; see him; draw near to him with confidence ),
you take away the sins “of the worlds”, have mercy on us( invite with confidence for the benevolence that takes away sin );
you take away the blasphemies “of the worlds”, receive our prayer( “Everyone who requests, receives”[ Matt. 7:8 ]; present your prayer with trust in his promise );
you are sat at the helping 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 attain intercession for them”[ Heb. 7:25 ]; study these messages ).
For you alone are the Holy one( acknowledge the unique holiness, goodness, and adore of Jesus ),
you alone are the Lord( “At the figure 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 lieu in your life, in your nerve .),
Jesus Christ( the Son, our Savior ),
with the Holy Spirit( the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler ),
in the splendor of God the Father( our beloved 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 record, 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 likewise recommend Fr. Gallagher’s previous notebooks, 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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