The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/25/2003):

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE is a text that has been sung and prayed by millions of worshipers over many centuries. The familiar proclamation of the angels from Luke 2:13-14 serves as the opening lines of the ancient Gloria text. Also known as "The Greater Doxology," this fourth-century prayer is the second major section of the Ordinary of the Latin Mass. After the Protestant Reformation, the Gloria was retained in both Lutheran and Anglican liturgies. Rich in Trinitarian theology, these lines proclaim the believerís exultant praise of God, a deep awareness of sin against Godís holiness, and the redeeming work of Jesus who is the once-slain, now-exalted Lamb of God. Here it is in both English and Latin.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth, peace towards men of good will.
We praise You, we bless You,
we adore You, we glorify You.
We give thanks to You
Because of your great glory.

Lord God, heavenly king,
Father almighty,
Lord, the only-begotten Son,
Jesus Christ, the most high,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father.
You, who take away the sins the world,
have mercy upon us,
and receive our prayer.
You, who sit at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy upon us.

For You alone are holy,
You alone are the Lord,
You alone are the most exalted, Jesus Christ;
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

Gloria in excelsis Deo,
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te, benedicimus te,
adoramus te, glorificamus te.
Gratias agimus tibi
propter magnam gloriam tuam.

Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,
Pater omnipotens,
Domini Fili Unigenite,
Jesu Christe altissime,
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei,
Filius Patris.
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis, suscipe
deprecationem nostram.
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris,
miserere nobis.

Quoniam tu solus sanctus,
tu solus Dominus,
tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe;
cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris.

If you are anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky, on December 2, 2003, please join us for a concert under my baton in which the Oratorio Chorus and Seminary Orchestra will present the Vivaldi Gloria and the Rutter Gloria. Please forward this information to anyone you know near Louisville.

Gloria! Gloria!
Oratorio Chorus and Seminary Orchestra
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Alumni Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the public

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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