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Gloria Patri 

Gloria Patri was traditionally used to provide a climax and cut-off for psalms that "covered" liturgical actions such as the procession at the entrance of the clergy, the presentation of the oblations, and the communion of the people. A signal would be given when the liturgical action was completed, and the psalm would then end with Gloria Patri. It was not used with gradual psalms or tracts, since these texts were understood to have their own integrity in the service. This tradition continues in modern practice. Gloria Patri is seldom used after the gradual psalm at the eucharist. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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