Chapter 5: Glory to God in the Highest

In this chapter we talk about the concept of ‘glory’ and how important it is to give thanks and praise to God.

At Mass, the Gloria is the most wonderful song of praise to our God.

Talk about what we mean by glory – in that it is something that is magnificent, something that has left your child gasping in wonder. What each of us find is glorious is different as we are all different. God is glorious and each of us are glorious.

We all have something that we are good at.

Everything Jesus did was for the GLORY of his Father and we are invited to do the same. In fact, everything we do should be to honour and to give glory to God. In the new translation of the Mass, the last words the priest says are: “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”

Make the link with Mass (page 52) – like the shepherds who experienced the glory of baby Jesus we also experience the glory of Jesus present at Mass in the Eucharist (Holy Communion).

Point out where the tabernacle is in the church and explain that this is where Jesus is present and where his glory is.

Remember to do the online quiz (one for each chapter) – reading through the chapter and completing the quiz are the two things that must be completed, everything else is optional and there to support you if required.

Some questions to ask

Most of these are open ended and should be used to help your child explore these ideas/their feelings:

Q. What special experiences show us God’s glory?
A. There are many answers but some examples are scoring the winning goal in a team sport, seeing a beautiful firework display, seeing snow for the first time, seeing a bird’s nest or spider’s web or a special moment shared with friends etc.

Q. Where can we find God’s glory in Mass?
A. Your child may have noticed the ‘amazing’ glory and the happy feeling of a favourite hymn being sung by everyone or the joy felt by a family at their baby’s baptism or at a wedding which they have been to in church. Be ready to acknowledge any feelings they may share of NOT experiencing glory at church, or their feelings of boredom during Mass. Point them to some examples of where they could look for glory during Mass.

Q. How can we show God’s glory by what we do?
A. God’s glory is within everyone. Some examples are showing kindness, mercy, compassion, understanding and love. Making use of their individual gifts and talents – art, singing, sport etc – is another way of showing God’s glory through their lives.

Moses and the Burning Bush

Jesus and the Shepherds

The Readings

Old Testament Reading

Moses and the Burning Bush

In case you need go over who Moses was with your children, it may be worth reading Exodus 1&2 (the story of Moses as a baby), as well as Exodus 3 (The Burning Bush). The main focus here is to highlight Moses’ moment to experience God’s glory and to make comparison to your child’s own experience of glory. Moses was also chosen by God to do a special task – so God’s glory was within him too. God’s glory is in each one of us, for we are His children.

New Testament Reading

The shepherds

The people were waiting for a glorious King and Leader. But it was a group of lowly shepherds who first experienced God’s glory, when the angels announced the birth of Jesus to them. Emphasise the different kinds of glory experienced by the shepherds. One was the amazing glory of a whole choir of angels lighting up the mountainside, the other was the quiet glory of meeting the small and helpless new-born baby Jesus – so glory can be experienced in different ways.

Suggested Activities

  • Enjoy some family prayer time and help your child to write a prayer of thanks or praise to God.
  • Go through the children’s activity sheet (PDF) with them.
  • Read the Glory Be prayer which can be found on page 130 of the I Belong Book.
  • Talk about how and when we pray, it can be anywhere, maybe show them how to put their hands together in prayer.
  • Show your child how to genuflect as we enter a pew and why it is important, as it is our way of recognising that God is present.
  • Next time you attend or watch Mass online, count the number of times the word glory is said during mass.
  • Look at the additional resources that can be found on this page – not compulsory.

Colouring Pages

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Moses and the Burning Bush
Angels appearing to the shepherds
Angels appearing to the shepherds