Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Treasures of Our Faith

The San Fernando Pastoral Region presents a new series of articles titled "Treasures of our Faith." The series is authored by Ryan Adams, one of the region's diaconate candidates and a member of the region's media team.

Adams' fourth article explains the "Gloria in Excelsis Deo", Latin for "Glory to God in the highest."

By Ryan Adams

Treasures of Our Faith: 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo'

The hymn begins with the words that the angels sang when the birth of Christ was announced to shepherds in Luke's Gospel. It is an ancient hymn in which the church, gathered together in the Holy Spirit, glorifies God.

The purpose of these introductory parts, the Act of Penitence, the Kyrie Eleison, and the Gloria, is to ensure that we, the faithful, who have come together as one body, establish communion and prepare ourselves to listen to God’s word and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily.

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