The Glory Be
Sometimes when I prescribe one “Glory Be” to young penitents at their first confession, they look baffled. A Glory Be? Yes, a Glory Be. “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…” is a short and straightforward prayer but conveys the profound mystery of Trinity, the central mystery of our Christian faith. In the great commission passage from Matthew 28, precisely verse 19, Jesus instructs his disciples to spread the Gospel of salvation to all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is a mystery of faith, that God is one, but three persons. Our minds cannot fully comprehend this mystery; we can only accept it in faith.
We have reflected on different dogmas of our Christian faith in recent months, from the incarnation of the Word of God to the sending forth of the Holy Spirit, the feast of Pentecost last week. This Sunday, we explore the mystery of God, who reveals Himself to us in His most personal form as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In baptism, we received the Triune God in our soul. The presence of the Holy Trinity in our soul calls for a response of worship. One simple but profound way of offering worship to the Trinity is to recite the Glory be frequently. It draws our attention to the mystery of God, and in recognizing Triune God’s presence in our soul, we are drawn to worship. Make it a habit of praying the Glory be spontaneously at different moments throughout the day.
We shall be worshiping the mystery of Christ in the Holy Eucharist in the Corpus Christi procession next Sunday following the 10:30 AM mass. Please make this worship a priority. Eucharistic adoration is a uniquely Catholic form of Worship of God the Son. We are going to process from Mass through Market St to the historic Church. The Real Presence is a mystery of faith; it is the soul of our Catholic liturgy. Let us take Jesus through the center of our city, professing our faith in Him, presenting him to others, and praying to him for our needs as a community.
Happy Trinity Sunday.
Fr. Bernard, OP