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I have been watching some of the Sunday Mass live streams from churches in my area.  Since I am involved in music ministry I am always interested in the musical selections chosen. At one particular church they used a setting of the Gloria which did not use the traditional text.  This is the text:

Refrain: Gloria (clap, clap), Gloria (clap, clap), in excelsis Deo
Lord God, heavenly King, peace you bring to us;we worship you we give you thanks, we sing our song of praise

Jesus, Savior of all, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away our sins, O Lord, have mercy on us all.

At the Fathers right hand, Lord receive our Prayer,
for you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord.

Glory, Father and Son, Glory Holy Spirit,
to you we raise our hands up high, we glorify your name.

I assume that this should not be allowed as a substitution  for the Gloria. Which Liturgical documents support my assumption.   Thanks.


In general we cannot change the texts of the Ordinary of the Mass. In the past, though, a more lax stance can be seen in the approvals that publishers received from conferences of bishops to include such adjusted works into participation aids. That is no longer the case.

For Masses with Children, such changes may be approved by a conference.

In the hispanic community, it is quite common to experience changes in the words to the Ordinary – even the Lord’s Prayer.

In Germany, the people frequently sing a paraphrase of the Gloria – sometimes just a generic hymn of praise.

For documents, look at GIRM 53 and Redemptionis Sacramentum 59, as well as the Directory for Masses with Children 31.