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Gloria in excelsis is the second item of the Ordinary of the Mass, immediately following the acclamations Kyrie eleison at the beginning of Mass. It is also referred to as the "Angelic Hymn", the Greater (major) Doxology (to distinguish it from the lesser or minor doxology Gloria Patri) or Et in terra pax, the words following the priest's solo intonation ("Gloria…" is repeated by the choir in numerous settings).

Composed on the model of the Psalms, its authorship is unknown, though it obviously takes as a point of departure the salutation of the angels at St Luke 2:14. By the 4th century the Greek original was being used at morning prayer; in the west it is sung at Mass on Sundays (except during Advent and Lent) and on certain feasts.

In Anglican usage, the Gloria appears in the usual place in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, after which it was moved to the end of the Communion Service until the liturgical reforms of the mid-twentieth century. The scores of Masses by English composers often follow this arrangement.

View the Wikipedia article on Gloria.

See also the Marian trope Gloria … Spiritus et alme, and Charles Wesley's hymn Glory be to God on high which is a metrical paraphrase of the 'Gloria in excelsis'.

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Text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te. Benedicimus te.
Adoramus te. Glorificamus te.
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.
Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.
Domine Fili unigenite, Iesu Christe.
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.
Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram.
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dominus.
Tu solus Altissimus, Iesu Christe.
Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Eer aan God in den hoge.
En vrede op aarde aan de mensen die Hij lief heeft.
Wij loven U. Wij prijzen U.
Wij aanbidden U. Wij verheerlijken U.
Wij zeggen U dank voor Uw grote heerlijkheid.
Heer God, hemelsche Koning, God almachtige Vader.
Heer eniggeboren Zoon, Jesus Christus.
Heer God, Lam Gods, Zoon des Vaders.
Gij Die wegneemt de zonden der wereld, ontferm U onzer.
Gij Die wegneemt de zonden der wereld, aanvaard ons gebed.
Gij Die zit aan der rechterhand des Vaders, ontferm U onzer.
Want Gij alleen zijt de Heilige. Gij alleen de Heer.
Gij alleen de Allerhoogste, Jesus Christus.
Met den Heligen Geest, in de Heerlijkheid Gods des Vaders.

French.png French translation

Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux
Et paix sur la Terre aux hommes de bonne volonté
Nous te louons. Nous te bénissons
Nous t'adorons. Nous te glorifions
Nous te rendons grâce pour ton immense gloire.
Seigneur Dieu, roi du ciel, Dieu le Père tout puissant.
Seigneur, fils unique, Jésus-Christ
Seigneur Dieu, Agneau de Dieu, le fils du Père.
Toi qui enlèves le péché du monde, prend pitié de nous.
Toi qui enlèves le péché du monde, reçois notre prière.
Toi qui es assis à la droite du Père, prend pitié de nous.
Car toi seul es saint, toi seul es seigneur,
toi seul es le très-haut, Jésus-Christ,
Avec le Saint-Esprit, dans la gloire de Dieu le Père,

Tagalog.png Tagalog translation

Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan
at sa lupa'y kapayapaan sa mga taong kinalulugdan niya.
Pinupuri ka namin, dinarangal ka namin,
sinasamba ka namin, ipinagbubunyi ka namin,
pinasasalamatan ka namin dahil sa dakila mong angking kapurihan.
Panginoong Diyos, hari ng langit,
Diyos Amang makapangyarihan sa lahat,
Panginoong Hesukristo, bugtong na anak,
Panginoong Diyos, Kordero ng Diyos, Anak ng Ama.
Ikaw na nag-aalis ng mga kasalanan ng sanlibutan, maawa ka sa amin.
Ikaw na nag-aalis ng mga kasalanan ng sanlibutan, tanggapin mo ang aming kahilingan.
Ikaw na naluluklok sa kanan ng Ama, maawa ka sa amin.
Sapagkat ikaw lamang ang banal, ang kataastaasan,
Ikaw lamang, o Hesukristo, ang Panginoon
kasama ng Espiritu Santo sa kadakilaan ng Diyos Ama.

Thai.png Thai translation


และมนุษย์ที่พระองค์โปรดปราน จงประสบสันติสุขบนแผ่นดิน
ขอขอบพระคุณ เพราะพระองค์ทรงพระเกียรติเลอเลิศ
พระเจ้าข้า พระองค์คือพระราชาสวรรค์
ทรงเป็นพระเจ้า พระบิดาผู้ทรงสรรพานุภาพ
ข้าแต่พระเยซูคริสตเจ้า พระบุตรหนึ่งเดียว
พระเจ้าข้า พระองค์คือพระบุตรของพระบิดา และทรงเป็นลูกแกะของพระเจ้า
พระองค์ผู้ทรงลบล้างบาปของโลก ทรงพระกรุณาเทอญ
พระองค์ผู้ทรงลบล้างบาปของโลก โปรดฟังข้าพเจ้าทั้งหลายวิงวอนเทอญ
พระองค์ผู้ประทับเบื้องขวาพระบิดา ทรงพระกรุณาเทอญ
ข้าแต่พระเยซูคริสตเจ้า พระองค์ผู้เดียวศักดิ์สิทธิ์
ร่วมกับพระจิต ในพระสิริรุ่งโรจน์ของพระบิดาเจ้า อาแมน

Spanish.png Spanish translation

Gloria a Dios en el cielo
y en la tierra Paz a los hombres de buena voluntad.
Por tu inmensa gloria, te alabamos,
te bendecimos, te adoramos,
te glorificamos, te damos gracias.
Señor Dios, Rey Celestial, Dios Padre Todopoderoso.
Señor Hijo único, Jesucristo.
Señor Dios, Cordero de Dios, Hijo del Padre.
Tú que quitas el pecado del mundo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Tú que quitas el pecado del mundo, atiende nuestra súplica.
Tú que estás sentado a la derecha del Padre, ten piedad de nosotros.
Porque sólo Tú eres Santo, sólo Tú Señor,
sólo Tú Altísimo, Jesucristo.
Con el Espíritu Santo, en la gloria de Dios Padre.

Vietnamese.png Vietnamese translation

Vinh danh Thiên Chúa trên các tầng trời.
Và bình an dưới thế cho người thiện tâm.
Chúng con ca ngợi Chúa. Chúng con chúc tụng Chúa.
Chúng con thờ lạy Chúa. Chúng con tôn vinh Chúa.
Chúng con cảm tạ Chúa vì vinh quang cao cả Chúa.
Lạy Chúa là Thiên Chúa, là Vua trên trời, là Chúa Cha toàn năng.
Lạy Con Một Thiên Chúa, Chúa Giêsu Kitô.
Lạy Chúa là Thiên Chúa, là Chiên Thiên Chúa, là Con Ðức Chúa Cha.
Chúa xóa tội trần gian, xin thương xót chúng con.
Chúa xóa tội trần gian, xin nhậm lời chúng con cầu khẩn.
Chúa ngự bên hữu Ðức Chúa Cha, xin thương xót chúng con.
Vì lạy Chúa Giêsu Kitô, chỉ có Chúa là Ðấng Thánh.
Chỉ có Chúa là Chúa, chỉ có Chúa là Ðấng Tối Cao.
Cùng Ðức Chúa Thánh Thần, trong vinh quang Ðức Chúa Cha.

English.png English translation

(traditional language from the "Book of Common Prayer"):

Glory be to God on high,
and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
(Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.)
This line is repeated in the 1552/1662 Book of Common Prayer text.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord;
thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
art most high in the glory of God the Father.

English.png English translation

(modern language in post-Vatican II vernacular)

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.

Chinese.png Chinese translation


Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

Glória a Deus nas alturas
E paz na terra aos homens de boa vontade.
Nós te louvamos. Nós te bendizemos.
Nós te adoramos. Nós te glorificamus.
Nós te damos graças pela tua imensa glória.
Senhor Deus, Rei dos Céus, Deus Pai todo poderoso.
Senhor Jesus Cristo, filho unigénito,
Senhor Deus, Cordeiro de Deus, Filho de Deus Pai,
Tu que tiras o pecado do mundo, tem piedade de nós.
Tu que tiras o pecado do mundo, acolhe a nossa súplica.
Tu que estás à direita do Pai, tem piedade de nós.
Pois só tu és Santo, só tu és Senhor,
Só tu és Altíssimo, Jesus Cristo.
Com o Espírito Santo, na glória de Deus Pai.

German.png German translation

Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe und Friede auf Erden
und den Menschen ein Wohlgefallen!
Wir loben dich, wir benedeien dich,
wir beten dich an, wir preisen dich,
wir sagen dir Dank um deiner großen Herrlichkeit willen.
Herr Gott! Himmlischer König! Allmächtiger Vater!
Herr, du eingeborner Sohn, Jesu
Christe! Herr, Gott, du Lamm Gottes, Sohn des Vaters!
Der du die Sünde der Welt trägst, erbarme dich unser!
Der du die Sünde der Welt trägst, nimm an unser Gebet.
Der du sitzest zur Rechten des Vaters, erbarme dich unser!
Denn du allein bist heilig, denn du allein bist der Herr,
du allein bist der Allerhöchste, Jesus Christus
mit dem Heiligen Geiste in der Herrlichkeit Gottes, des Vaters.

Hungarian.png Hungarian translation

Dicsőség a magasságban Istennek,
és a földön békesség a jó akaratú embereknek.
Dicsőítünk téged, áldunk téged,
Imádunk téged, magasztalunk téged.
Hálát adunk neked nagy dicsőségedért.
Urunk és Istenünk, mennyei király, mindenható Atyaisten.
Urunk és Istenünk, egyszülött Fiú,
Urunk és Istenünk, Isten báránya, az Atyának fia.
Te elveszed a világ bűneit, irgalmazz nekünk.
Te elveszed a világ bűneit, hallgasd meg könyörgésünket.
Te az Atya jobbján ülsz, irgalmazz nekünk.
Mert egyedül te vagy a szent, te vagy az Úr,
Te vagy az egyetlen Fölség, Jézus Krisztus.
A Szentlélekkel egységben, az Atyaisten dicsőségében.

Polish.png Polish translation

Chwała na wysokości Bogu.
A na ziemi pokój ludziom dobrej woli.
Chwalimy Cię. Błogosławimy Cię.
Wielbimy Cię. Wysławiamy Cię.
Dzięki Ci składamy, bo wielka jest chwała Twoja.
Panie Boże, Królu nieba, Boże Ojcze Wszechmogący.
Panie, Synu Jednorodzony, Jezu Chryste.
Panie Boże, Baranku Boży, Synu Ojca.
Który gładzisz grzechy świata, zmiłuj się nad nami.
Który gładzisz grzechy świata, przyjm błaganie nasze.
Który siedzisz po prawicy Ojca, zmiłuj się nad nami.
Albowiem tylko Tyś jest święty. Tylko Tyś jest Panem.
Tylko Tyś Najwyższy, Jezu Chryste.
Z Duchem Świętym w Chwale Boga Ojca.

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