A Heart Filled with Praise?

A Heart Filled with PraiseA Heart Filled with Praise

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 adoration. The joyful denomination of compassion in the Trinity is complete: What could add to it? What could our kudo contribute? Why did it matter to praise God?

One Sunday, I received my reply. I has only just been celebrated the 11:00 a.m. Mass, and it was time for the announcements. As usual with this Mass, the church was full. Beside me stood Deacon Tom, much adored in the parish.

Deacon Tom was the “glue” that carry things together on weekend Heaps. He was present for all of them. He ensured that we had servers, Eucharistic diplomats, and lectors and that they knew their roles. He readied the chalice, the hosts, and the cruets and prepare them on the table for the procession with the endowments. I had never seen anyone work so diligently on his homilies, devoting hours and hours to the task during the week. The people cherished his preaching.

At this time, 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 objective, I speak the scripted announcement and then spoke my own texts of respect. 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 profundity of their gratitude. Deacon Tom faced them, both flustered and moved.

The Mass aimed, the final hymn was sung, and we handled out of the church. I stood there, responding parties as they departed. Every face was smiling, and many realize explains such as “Nice Mass, ” “Wonderful Mass, ” and “Thank you for a lovely Mass.”

When all had left, I accompanied back to the rectory 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 hearts, gratitude to another and, in so doing, had become happy ourselves.

That, I understood, was why God demanded our adoration: because when we praise God something joyful penetrates our hearts and our lives. In the Mass we pray, “You have no need of our homage, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift”( Weekday Preface IV ). Yes, God does not need our kudo for his purpose but inclinations it for ours, because when we praise God, our souls receive love, forgivenes, 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 cry the words, “Glory to God in the most prominent, and on earth serenity to parties of good will. We admire you, we consecrate you, we adore you, we praise you, ” and the whole of this petition of praise, Venerable Bruno invites us to do so with the affections 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 recent bible, A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass.

God has made flesh and lies in a manger. The angel exclaims “good news of huge exhilaration 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 replenishes the heavens and sings God’s praise. Our Gloria in the Mass praises God with their same words.

With what familiarity of God’s work did the angels sing these texts that night? With what understanding of the magnitude of the endowment? With what exhilaration? With what delight? With what desire to praise God for the expanse of his love? When you pray the Gloria at Mass, Venerable Bruno tells us, ask for their same sentiments. Ask for a center like theirs, hungry to exclaim God’s praises.

Pray the Gloria

Take a moment now to contemplate the angels’ prayer. If you find it helpful, open the Bible and read Luke 2:8 -14. Then visualize the vistum: the dark of darknes, the batches of sheep, the shepherds, the blessing of God filling the heavens, the pleasurable proclamation of the angel, the song of the celestial choir. Feel the satisfy that inspires these terms. Ask for a share in that joy. Then, with the “sentiments and heart” of these angels, gradually pray the Gloria 😛 TAGEND

Glory to God in the highest( raise your stomach on high; cause it express joyful admire of God ),

and on earth conciliation to people of good will( ask for God’s armistice on this perturbed world ).

We praise you( intermission simply to recognize God’s love and goodness ),

we bless you( stres his specify with love and venerate; bless him for his directs of charity ),

we adore you( elevation your feeling in piou and joyful admiration of his love, his goodness ),

we glorify you( express your compassion for God, glorify him with your heart, your words, your life ),

we give you thanks for your immense majesty( thank him for his saving work in the world and in their own lives ),

Lord God, heavenly King( welcome him with love as Lord, as King in your life ),

O God, almighty Father( open your soul to the cherish and ability of our heavenly Father ),

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son( turn now to Jesus, our Lord, the beloved Son in whom the Father makes gratify ),

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father( “Behold, the Lamb of God”[ John 1:36 ]: determine the see Lamb; see him; draw near to him with confidence ),

you take away the blasphemies “of the worlds”, have mercy on us( query with confidence for the boon that takes away sin );

you take away the blasphemies of the world, receive our petition( “Everyone who queries, receives”[ Matt. 7:8 ]; present your prayer with confidence in his promise );

you are accommodated at the right 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 do intercession for them”[ Heb. 7:25 ]; meditate these names ).

For you alone are the Holy one( acknowledge the unique holiness, goodness, and enjoy of Jesus ),

you alone are the Lord( “At the word 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 your life .),

you alone are the Most High( “you alone”: give him this special, unequalled place in their own lives, in your heart .),

Jesus Christ( the Son, our Savior ),

with the Holy Spirit( the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler ),

in the beauty of God the Father( our gentle Father in heaven ). Amen.

Venerable Bruno invites us to pray the Gloria in this way, from the heart, with these affections, when we are at Mass.

This article is from a chapter in Fr. Gallagher’s latest notebook, 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 volumes, 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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