Friday, April 1, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Gloria

(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.

(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)

Gloria is a song, sometimes it is read. It is a joyous acclamation in which we praise God and recognize the Father as our heavenly King and Jesus as the Lamb of God. We do not sing or recite the Gloria during Sundays in Advent or Lent.

Gloria is a prayer that is actually an ancient hymn with three parts. The first part is the song that the shepherds heard sung by a heavenly choir of angels at the birth of Jesus. The second part praises God by recalling all of His attributes. The third part prays to Jesus, asking Him to save us from our sins.

We continue to stand during Gloria as it is sung or it is read.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
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.


When this hymn is concluded, the priest, with hands joined, says: “Let us pray.”

And all pray in silence with the priest for a moment.

Then the priest, with hands extended, says the Collect prayer, at the end of which the people acclaim: “Amen.”


Are we standing or sitting during Gloria? (Standing)

Is Gloria sung or said? (Either)

Long ago, who heard the angels sing part of this song at Jesus’ birth? (The shepherds)

The second part of this song praises whom? (God)

The third part of this song prays to Jesus asking Him to do what? (To save us from our sins.)

What times of the year is this prayer not said or sung at Mass? (During Sundays in Advent and Lent.)

Activities: Catechist Resources for Roman Missal, 3rd Edition
Gloria- lesson with Puzzle (page 2), Stand Up Angel Craft (page 3)


Introduce craft: Who died on the cross so our sins would be forgiven? Printable Resurrection Set
Only make Jesus on the Cross which is on page 1. Directions on how to make craft is posted.
*Be sure to have students cut out the cross on the dotted lines so the cross will stick out. Mosaic Cross
Easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make. Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip on the bottom for little ones) Jelly Bean Prayer Cross Craft Kit Jelly Bean Sweet Jar (craft) Jelly Bean Prayer label (printable) Jelly Bean Prayer Toilet Paper Roll Craft For Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Magnet
Cute magnet using painted dry beans.

Games: 2 Games: Clean Heart & Repent (scroll down for these)

The following games are from More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

A May Zing- Display Gloria on a chalk or white board. Children read Gloria together several times. Erase Gloria. Begin writing it again on the board, but purposely incorrectly. As soon as a child detects an error, he or she calls out, “Zing!” Erase and begin again. Continue going through Gloria several times before you write it correctly.

Bible Verse Hopscotch- Using masking tape or chalk, mark off a hopscotch grid in an open area. Write the words of Gloria on a card. Place a card in each of the squares of the grid. Children will take turns completing the hopscotch grid until all have learned Gloria.

Blank Verse- On a chalk or white board write Gloria, leaving blanks for words you intentionally leave out. List all the words omitted on the board in a random fashion. Ask one child to go and write a word in the proper blank. Repeat until Gloria is completed. This can be done several times until all children have the verse memorized.

Cut and Glue a Verse- Write Gloria on construction paper and tape it on the wall. They are to find and cut out letters to the words of the verse from magazines and glue them under the words on the wall. Say Gloria when all have been found. (You can assign a few students to each do a line to avoid confusion.)

Domino a Verse- Write words to Gloria on the backs of several dominoes. Lay them face down on a table. Children turn them face up and arrange them in correct order to form Gloria. Children say Gloria correctly. After that they can “domino Gloria” by arranging standing dominoes to fall.

These games below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Jelly Bean Prayer File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to collect the most Jelly Bean jar cards by answering questions about Jesus and get to FINISH. (Scroll down for this game.)

Gloria File Folder Game is a simple board game with the straightforward objective of racing the player's 4 pawns from start to finish with dice throws. Similar to the brand-name board "Sorry!" marketed by Parker Brothers, Gloria (Ludo) shares similarities with the game Pachisi (or Parcheesi), which in turn originated in 6th century India.

Gloria File Folder Game- Players race against other players in advancing his/her 4 playing pawns from start to finish by answering questions about Gloria and with successful die rolls. Each player has four specifically-designated finishing positions. The winner is the first player to successfully rest his 4 pawns on his designated finishing space. This game can be played individually or in teams.


This worksheet below is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Gloria (fill in the blanks)- Fill in the blanks with the words from below. (With younger students you can do this together on the board.)

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