Catholic Doctrine on the Holy TrinityIt’s Prayer Breakdown time!!

The Glory Be is the prayer that we will be focusing on today, which is a very common prayer to all Catholics. So common, that we often times recite it without true understanding of what it means. Glory be to the Father, And to the Son, And to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Glory be to the Father

When we use the term glory, it is used as a high form of endearment. It is used for those who are magnificent and worthy of great honor. In this case it is appropriately used to describe God, who created us, sent us His Son to save our lives and loves us more than we could ever know. Every day we should be giving Glory to God because of all the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. It is beautiful to think about everything that we have been blessed with from God; family, friends, food, the sun, moon, stars and every breath we are able to take. We consciously give God the honor that He so deserves because of His everlasting love.

And to the Son

Again, we give great honor to the Son of God who is Jesus Christ. Jesus was given to us through the love that God had for us. Jesus was completely man yet completely divine, however He never used that to His advantage. He could have boasted about how great He was because He was the son of God but instead He humbled Himself. He came to save the sinners and those who did not have God in the complete and true way. He came to bring peace, love and fulfillment to those who were willing to dedicate their life to Jesus.

And to the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit gives us gifts, seven to be exact, they are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These are important gifts that are given because they help us to live a more fulfilled life in Christ. The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, allowing them to speak in tongues, “Jesus sends the Holy Spirit in the form of fiery tongues on His Apostles and disciples” (Acts 2:2-4). This was done so that they could more fully spread the truth of Jesus Christ to others, in order that they could also be saved.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end

Honor will always be with God, just as it was in the beginning, how it is now and how it will always be. This will never go away, to the end of the earthly world and the beginning of the next in Heaven. The Trinity will always be the divine presence that defines our life and our faith. We should always give praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The next time you say this prayer, remember what it stands for. It is said for the purpose of giving honor to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity.