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November 23, 2023
Happy Thanksgiving, Gloria Patri, and particularly to God’s elect
As the world seems to be falling apart right before our eyes. I submit, that according to God’s Sovereign decree, it is falling apart right on time. I rejoice in that and am most thankful to Him through all circumstances, including the bad. May Hebrews 12:25-29 encourage you.
“See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”
Often times a part of our previous churches’ liturgy was the doxology – Gloria Patri. It is Latin for ‘Glory to the Father.’ The Gloria Patri is also known as the lessor doxology.
It is a short Trinitarian hymn of adoration and praise to God. It is an absolute vertical ascription of praise, as we sing to give glory to the Father, and each Distinct Person of the Holy Trinity. The following is a more thorough description.
The opening section of the Daily Office just before the psalmody. Typical Morning Prayer Invitatory begins with “Lord, open our lips / And our mouth shall proclaim your praise” (Ps 51:15; Ps 19:14 is also used), Gloria Patri, and then the invitatory psalm, usually the Venite or Jubilate, along with an antiphon. Evening Prayer may open with “O God, make speed to save us / O Lord, make haste to help us,” Gloria Patri and, optionally, an invitatory psalm. Other invitatory psalms include 100, 67 and 24.
Brett Scott Provance, Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship, The IVP Pocket Reference Series (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009), 71.
Below I have included the lyrics in English, and below that, is an mp3 audio in Latin. And for the elect, or future elect, below that is the glorious Gospel.