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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
CAN THE PRIEST OMIT THE GLORIA
ON SUNDAYS OR SOLEMNITIES?


Q. 1. Is the priest allowed to omit the "Gloria" during the Sunday Mass or on Solemnities?

A. 1. According to # 53 of the "General Instruction of the Roman Missal" (GIRM), it states:

The Gloria in Excelsis

The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, gathered in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. The text of this hymn may not be replaced by any other. It is intoned by the Priest or, if appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir; but it is sung either by everyone together, or by the people alternately with the choir, or by the choir alone. If not sung, it is to be recited either by everybody together or by two choirs responding one to the other.

It is sung or said on Sundays outside Advent and Lent, and also on Solemnities and Feasts, and at particular celebrations of a more solemn character.



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