Sunday, February 05, 2006

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father,
We worship you, we give you thanks,
We praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
You take away the sin of the world:
Have mercy on us;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father:
Receive our prayer.
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.

For those of you who are not Catholic, this prayer is said every Sunday in Mass (except during Lent/Advent). In church today, I heard the prayer and started thinking about it and couldn't get it out of my head.

I did a little research and this exact prayer can be traced back to at least 380 AD. Something like it can be traced back to the second century so it's a very old prayer.

If you're Catholic, the next time you're in Mass and this prayer comes up, we may have a tendency to just say it without really thinking about it. If you know what I'm talking about, catch yourself and really work to give Glory to God. Also, for all Christians, think about what giving glory to God means in your life and how is this achieved. I have my thoughts however, I think this is something that individuals need to figure out for themselves.

May God bless all who give glory to Him.

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