Glory – ‘Gloria a dios’

Is there anything more ‘glorious’ than the infectious nature of the Peruvian Gloria?  A reflection on the Peruvian Gloria by the Rev’d Arwen Folkes.

Is there anything more ‘glorious’ than the infectious nature of the Peruvian Gloria? 

It is a little call and response song that originates from Peru and wherever I have ever heard it sung – whether in a theological college, a messy church, or even a nursing home, it has the very same effect. People can’t help but to sing it back. It is the ultimate ecclesiastical earworm and it is utterly glorious. I led it once at a very special songs of praise for people with dementia. The carers told me that the residents were still singing it at teatime because it had worked it’s way into the musical bit of the mind so wonderfully well. 

The words and tune can be seen and heard on this video here [external copyright] – 

The thing I like about this little Gloria is first that its simplicity means that it is amazingly inclusive, the second thing I like is that it is easy to learn and join in with, and the last thing I like is that as the various congregations become more familiar with the words and the song, the response to the leader’s call gets stronger, louder and much more confident. 

I often wonder whether we might learn something about the way people respond to the glory of God by watching how this little call and response works; that the Glory of God shines in its own right, calling for the people to respond. At first that response may be tentative, gentle, and cautious. But the call goes out, to all who are in its vicinity, it does not distinguish between age or intellect.

The glory of God calls out again and again, shining and singing, to catch the eye and the ear, but does so with a simplicity and beat that keeps steadfast to the same rhythm. It calls out again, and the people are again invited to respond. And as confidence builds in their response, confidence in the Glory itself becomes more stable, more sure and more trusting before the whole Darned Glory is being reflected and magnified all over the place, bringing more people into it’s song.

The lyrics are below and more info can be found here:

https://www.godsongs.net/2013/02/peruvian-gloria-glory-to-god-trinity.html

Rev’d Arwen Folkes

Lyrics

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father.
Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father.
To him be glory forever.
To him be glory forever.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia amen, alleluia ame—n.

Glory to God, glory to God, son of the Father.
Glory to God, glory to God, son of the Father.
To him be glory forever.
To him be glory forever.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia amen, alleluia ame—n.

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.
Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.
To him be glory forever.
To him be glory forever.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia amen, alleluia ame—n.