Glorificamus is a blog by a group of young Catholics for young Catholics, answering Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s call to evangelise the ‘digital continent’.
“It falls, in particular, to young people, who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this ‘digital continent’”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Message for the 43rd World Communications Day
“The challenge is to rediscover, through the means of social communication as well as by personal contact, the beauty that is at the heart of our existence and our journey, the beauty of faith and of the encounter with Christ”
Pope Francis, Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
The idea for a blog by young Catholics to share our views and experiences was inspired after a group of pilgrims travelled with the Invocation pilgrimage to Rome, celebrating the vocational discernment journey to priesthood, marriage or religious life and World Youth Day, in which young Catholics celebrated their faith in Rio 2013.
The blog was first initiated on the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, 15th August 2013. Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven. Pray for us!
It is written by a group of young adults practicing Catholics in a range of backgrounds including employment, students and gap-year students, as well as some who are discerning to priesthood and religious life. As young Catholics we yet have a great deal to learn. As practicing Catholics we will always uphold Church teaching. As humans we are fallible and erroneous, please forgive us if we do make mistakes in our writings or elsewhere.
The blog, takes its name from the Gloria in Excelsis Deo, referred to by most as “the Gloria”. We proclaim the Gloria at Mass during the Introductory Rites before the Opening Prayer or Collect. In the most recent translation of the Mass, the words were revised to include “We praise you, We bless you, We adore you, We glorify you”. In Latin, the first few lines goes as follows:
Glória in excélsis Deo et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis. Laudámus te, benedícimus te, adorámus te, glorificámus te
The first line comes from the Angel’s proclamation in the Gospel account of Jesus’ birth when they appeared to shepherds on the hillside.
New Jerusalem Bible, Luke 2: 13-4
And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace for those he favours.