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Song of Praise

After the Collect for Purity or Opening Acclamation, if there is no Collect for Purity, there is a short piece of music praising God or asking for God’s mercy, if it is the season of Lent, when we reflect on the ways we have turned from God.

The song of praise generally is the Gloria, an ancient hymn of praise that begins with the words the angels sang to the shepherds when they announced the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:8-14.

Music like this, which is a regular part of the service, is found in the front of the 1982 Hymnal in a section where all the number are preceded by “S“ that stands for Service Music.  These are all marked in your bulletin.  Since these are a regular part of the worship, people frequently sing them from heart.  One of the beauties of the Episcopal worship is that with time it becomes part of our being.  As the prophet Jeremiah said, it becomes written on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33).



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.

On other occasions the following is used

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

or this

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.