Advent Reflections: The Gloria

Annunciation, Vasily Surikov, 1914

Annunciation, Vasily Surikov, 1914

In December I’m posting several Advent Reflections: some quotes, some images, some meditations. It’s not a series so feel free to dip in and out as and when you have a moment or are looking for new inspiration!

I was inspired by this post on Bible Study for Catholics to use The Gloria as a meditation. A wonderful way to step into the Advent story with Mary. I prayed it through slowly in the style of Lectio Divina, and then spent more time lingering over a phrase that stood out to me.

Glory to God in the highest.

And on earth peace to men of good will.

We praise You.

We bless You.

We adore you.

We glorify You.

We give You thanks for Your great glory.

O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty.

O Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son.

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father: you Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

You Who take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.

You Who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are holy.

You alone are the Lord.

You alone, O Jesus Christ, are most high.

Together with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father.


You alone are the Lord is the phrase that stood out to me, as one to linger over, and then take with me to meditate on throughout the day, this Advent.

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Writing about my contemplative journey to come closer to Jesus. I hope to inspire and equip others on their journey.
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