The Act of Praise

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The act of praise recognizes God's transcendence and character. After the confession of sin and words of forgiveness, the people are ready to offer an act of praise. Traditionally the act of praise has been either the Gloria in Excelsis Deo or the Gloria Patri. The act of praise may also be an appropriate hymn, canticle, psalm, or Scripture praise song.

In the Western churches, the Gloria is generally dropped during penitential seasons such as Advent and Lent. The loss of this gladsome hymn...


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