Glory to God in the Highest

Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the Mass is the “Gloria”.  Some Catholics may call it blasphemy, but I actually like the “Creation Mass” setting of the Gloria (note that the video is in an Anglican parish, however Catholic parishes also use this Mass setting (it’s probably used so much that Catholics are tired of it, hence my ‘blasphemy’ comment)).

The text of the Gloria is actually not the same in Latin as it is in English.  This will be one of the changes made with the upcoming new translation of the Mass in English.  Let us look at the differences between the Latin, the current English translation, and the upcoming English translation.

Latin “Gloria”

Glória in excélsis Deo
et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis.
Laudámus te,
benedícimus te,
adorámus te,
glorificámus te,
grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam,
Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis,
Deus Pater omnípotens.
Dómine Fili Unigénite, Iesu Christe,
Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris,
qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis;
qui tollis peccáta mundi, súscipe deprecatiónem nostram.
Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis.
Quóniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dóminus, tu solus Altíssimus,
Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spíritu: in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Current English Translation of the “Gloria”

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. Amen.

Upcoming English Translation of the “Gloria”

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,

Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
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. Amen.

The new translation is much more faithful to the actual Latin words (as well as the words used by Eastern Catholics and Orthodox), as are many of the parts of the Mass that are changing, such as the response ‘and with your spirit’ to ‘the Lord be with you’ (again, faithful to the Latin as well as what is said in Eastern liturgies).  Sadly, this means that some of the music settings used for the Mass will have to go, since they won’t be able to work with the new translations.

Below is a video of the Gloria in Latin at a Tridentine Mass.  One thing that you will notice is that the sign of the cross is made twice during the Gloria, and that the priests and altar servers (and the laity) bow to ‘Iesu Christe’ (Jesus Christ).  This reminds me of Eastern liturgies, where some action is done in reverence to the Trinity, Jesus Christ, etc.  I love the bow at Jesus Christ (which is done throughout the Tridentine Mass whenever His name is said), and I think adds to the general feel of the Tridentine Mass, since it is something not found in the ordinary form (Mass of Paul VI, “Novus Ordo”).  I hope you enjoy, and feel free to reference above for the English translation of what is being said.

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~ by onecatholic on October 3, 2009.

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