This week’s playlist includes a number of settings of the “Gloria” or Great Doxology of the mass. The Gloria is the centerpiece of the mass, as it is a crucial part of the liturgical celebration of both the Roman and Orthodox rites. Historians have catalogued over 200 medieval tunes for this ancient hymn. The text is an expression of worship, praise, and blessing to the Triune God, focusing on the Son, the risen and ascended Christ. The modern, concert settings of this text are joyful and expansive, making them both memorable and singable. In this seventh and final week of Easter, raise your voice to the Savior.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God.
But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy.
Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds–his name is the LORD– be exultant before him.
Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.
O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished;
your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord, Selah
O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies.
Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
The translation of the Latin Text for the Gloria.
Playlist ST#113 – Easter 7