We conclude the Introductory Right with The Gloria and The Collect.
The Gloria is an ancient hymn that is sung on Sundays and on feast days. However, we refrain from singing the Gloria during Advent and Lent because itis a song of joy. We refrain during penitential seasons so that it can become new again with the feast days of those seasons. The Gloria begins with the angels singing to the shepherds announcing Jesus’ birth from the Gospel of Luke (2:14): “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of goodwill.” We are singing as the angels sang, thanking God for all he has done for us and acknowledging God for sending his son. “We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory.” We then transition to addressing Jesus Christ, recognizing and petitioning him with “Only Begotten Son of the Father. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world.” During this, we are asking for his mercy because we have completed confessing our sins in the Penitential Act. After this, we notice his ability to forgive us as that the Father, Son and Spirit being one. “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.”
We conclude the Introductory Rite with The Collect. The priest begins by inviting us saying, “Let us pray.” He pauses allowing us to gather our thoughts and be aware of God’s presence, followed by praying The Collect. When we do this in mass, all the prayers of the assembly are addressed to God the Father with the priest saying “Almighty ever living God.” One thing to remember during this time is what God has done for us, referring to traditional prayers of the Old Testament. This give us hope and encouragement for all our current prayers. The prayer concludes with “Through our Lord Jesus Christy our Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.”
From the Opening Song through The Collect, the Introductory Rite is filled with prayer, helping us to prepare for Mass beginning with the Liturgy of the Word. The Liturgy of the Word includes the readings, the Homily, the Creed and the Prayer of the Faithful.