Here’s another snippet from the morning presentation. You know the new first line of the new Gloria:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.
Which isn’t the same as the Biblical source:
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
Do you suppose we have something of a pelagian thread in the Roman Missal, that God’s gift of peace is dependent somehow on people who live well, love God, and do virtuous things with a good regard toward others. Does the Bible, in fact, have it more correct, that believers rightly focus on the agency of God, bestowing favor? What do you think? Does the Roman Missal itself need revision to bring an older hymn text into line with a more developed theology of God?
Another note was in the unchanged ending of the hymn:
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.
One small mention of the Holy Spirit in a very early text–not really reflective of our more-developed understanding of the Holy Spirit. So here’s a good question, especially for those concerned about the quality of Hymn texts: what if the Church’s own non-infallible liturgical text is a problem?