The Gloria has become “optional” in a lot of places
  • CatholicZ09
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    Since the pandemic’s beginning, I’ve watched a lot of different Masses on YouTube. I’m a nosy person and like to see what’s being done in typical NO Catholic parishes across the U.S. I normally don’t watch the entire Mass but skip around and see what’s being done at certain points.

    Well, one thing I’ve noticed is that the Gloria seems to have become “optional” in a lot of places. Yes, I’m talking about the omitting of the Gloria from Sunday Mass. I’ve seen two recordings already for today, and both parishes omitted the Gloria.

    What is the purpose of this? How much time is really being saved by skipping over the Gloria? Three minutes with a through-composed setting, if that? It’s highly disconcerting that one would feel the need to cut a portion of the Mass in favor of time. Why can’t we cut some time from Father’s homily?
  • CatherineS
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    I've encountered that once, at a parish run by a very progressive religious order. Yes, "to save time" was the excuse.
  • CCoozeCCooze
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    Well, speaking of online Masses, our pariah's Livestream next Sunday should be interesting to watch.
    Our 11:30 TLM will be a "Traditional Novus Ordo" Mass, instead, because of priests being out of town and the only available sub being someone who is learning, but is not yet properly versed (reason given to us laity) in the TLM.
    So, we'll be singing the Gregorian propers, it will obviously be as oriented, etc., all that is allowed of the TLM in the NO,
    We shall see how it goes. It's really the best place to put it, I guess, since those at the Mass are wanting it to be TLM, not NO, and therefore at least will not be complaining about the Traditional elements...
  • Lest there be my confusion, the Gloria is not optional, and should be recited if it cannot be sung:
    The Gloria in Excelsis

    53. The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, gathered in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. The text of this hymn may not be replaced by any other. It is intoned by the Priest or, if appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir; but it is sung either by everyone together, or by the people alternately with the choir, or by the choir alone. If not sung, it is to be recited either by everybody together or by two choirs responding one to the other.

    It is sung or said on Sundays outside Advent and Lent, and also on Solemnities and Feasts, and at particular celebrations of a more solemn character.


    (GIRM)
  • CharlesW
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    I was instructed by a priest to not use the Gloria unless it was sung. Is that fairly common practice?
  • This is sad indeed. These are the people who think that they are Vatican II people, but don't care what Vatican II actually said - and they now no longer even care what the GIRM says. It's 3 or less minutes that can be added father's not very inspiring homily, or it is 3 or less minutes less just to get the mass over and done with. And, sadly, it is doubtful that very many of the people even notice it, or, noticing it, confront father about it - because they don't care either, or because they think that whatever father does is licit (whatever 'licit' means). I wouldn't be surprised its reason is that the word 'Father' is used (Of course, the Episcopalians shockingly made Gloria optional in the '79 Prayer Book, but at least they required another canticle in its place,)

    Their is always the possibility that they are opposed to to the words Father, He, for us men, and Lord and giver of life giver of life..... et det, et cet ad nauseam
  • It's quite sad how many people treat the GIRM like the Code of the Brethren from Pirates of the Caribbean: more like guidelines than actual rules.
    Thanked by 2Don9of11 Jani
  • CharlesW
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    What is also sad is that the Kyrie has for all practical purposes, disappeared. I hope the Gloria is not the next to be abandoned. The major problems with the NO are not the vernacular and new translations. It is option-itis, to make up a word, where everything becomes optional and subject to variation.
  • I wish I could remember where I read this, but apparently there was a mathematician who calculated the number of permutations of the novus ordo missæ when you take all of the options into account. If I recall correctly, it was in the billions. IE–following the rubrics to a 't' means that there are 1billion different [legitimate] variations of this rite.
  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    @CharlesW,

    At St. Paul's in Akron, Ohio in the NO, we either sing the Kyrie or repeat what the deacon chants, sometimes he chants the Kyrie. If we have instrumentation the Gloria is always sung, if we don't have instrumentation we chant the ICEL version.
  • I think a cue needs to be taken from how most parishes handle the creed. Very few parishes actually sing the creed—at least relatively speaking. But every parish recites it. I would think that any parish that decides they cannot sing the gloria, for whatever reason, would then revert to reciting it. As I said, neither is optional. If you can recite the creed, you can recite the gloria.
  • vansensei
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    The liturgy is not ours to play with. The end.
  • Liam
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    FWIW, eliding the Gloria is much less common where I am than it was a generation ago.
  • fcbfcb
    Posts: 280
    My experience is like Liam's--20 years ago it seemed fairly common to omit the Gloria, but now it almost always occurs at Sunday Mass (and usually sung). Of course, one person's experience is simply one person's experience.
    Thanked by 2Liam tomjaw
  • hcmusicguy
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    We sing it at every Sunday liturgy. Under our last pastor, sometimes it was recited as he did not care for singing it, but it was never omitted.
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    The rule when I arrived at our parish was Gloria or Kyrie, but never both. That changed after we dropped the responsorial settings.
  • chonakchonak
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    Occasionally on hot summer days, I've found priests omitting the Creed. Now that the Apostles' Creed is an option, they have less excuse to do so.
  • tomjaw
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    With all these optional omissions, is it any wonder that people begin to think that attending Mass is optional?
  • CatherineS
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    But I must say, some people see an option to do less or do worse, and they go for it. And others choose the better option instead. Some people, faced with temptation, say yes. Others double down on prayer. Some people, if their friends are going down the wrong road, join in. Others say no and desist from sin. The presence of bad examples is bad for those who are sinning, but creates no obligation for anyone else to join in.
  • Jeffrey Quick
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    And these are current, non-penitential-time Masses?

    Drop the dime, with the relevant part of the GIRM.

    They might stop streaming their Masses? Well, cry me a river. That's less evidence out there for it being a licit practice.