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Friday, 7 September 2012

The Glory Be prayer -- Why we pray it

THE GLORY BE PRAYER


The Very Words Of The Glory Be Prayer
Create A Reassuring Peacefulness

To him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.
                                                                         -Rev. 1:6


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The very words of the Glory Be Prayer of the Catholic Rosary create a reassuring peacefulness. 

The Greek word doxology refers to a simple prayer that praises God. The Letters of St. Paul in the New Testament are usually concluded with a doxology. Two such examples are
  • "For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen." -Romans 11:36
  • "To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, unto all generations, world without end. Amen." -Ephesians 3:21
You can find Jesus' command to baptize all nations in St. Matthew's Gospel. Jesus uses the following phrase which acknowledges the relationship of the Blessed Trinity.
  • "Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." -Matthew 28:19
The Glory Be prayer continues by professing that God is everlasting. 
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit were one from the beginning of time and will continue to be forever. 

This is a Biblical truth and is supported by many passages in the New Testament. 

The phrase "glory forever" is repeated throughout the Letters of St. Paul as you can see from one of the above Bible verses. 

Such comfort and peace can come from the knowledge that God loves you and takes care of you. 

He has from the moment of your creation and will continue to forever. 

When you believe that God is in control of your life you can live in complete peace and security.


The History And Origin Of
The Glory Be Prayer

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Many Catholic prayers, including the Glory Be prayer, were formed to combat false teachings.
This has brought much tranquility for Catholics - being able to confidently believe in the truths of God.
And, more importantly...
...knowing where to turn to find them.
As early as the year 300 Catholics began using the phrase, "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit".
This phrase became popular for two reasons.
  • The first reason is because it is fitting to praise God in this form following the example Jesus gave when He instructed his followers go out and baptize. 

  • And secondly to defend and promote the belief in the Blessed Trinity. The belief in three divine Persons in one God.
In the year 529 the second part of the prayer was added. "As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end."
This phrase was added to confirm that there truly are three Persons in one God.

That the Son and the Holy Spirit were one with the Father in the beginning, now and always will be. 

During that period up until present day, there have been two forms of this prayer. The short or minor prayer that is used in the Catholic Rosary prayers and the greater or major prayer which is prayed during Catholic Mass. 

It is a longer and more elaborate prayer which goes like this: 



 
Glory Be Prayer
 Longer Version
 

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. 





By the 600s the Catholic Rosary prayer, the Glory Be Prayer, has been prayed in the exact form as you now pray it. 

It has always been a fitting prayer to use when ending a longer prayer form. 

Traditionally it was used at the end of the psalms and after a sermon and of course after each decade of the Rosary prayer. 


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