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These are pages from Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact, which was a bi-monthly, school-year magazine by the Catechetical Guild Educational Society that ran from 1946 to 1972. Treasure Chest featured stories for Catholics that included religious subjects, American history, crossword puzzles, funny comics, and original fiction stories (including their longest running series, Chuck White). The magazine was only sold on a subscription basis to Catholic schools and was not featured on newsstands, which was the common way to sell comic magazines at the time.

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"For the mass is Christ's own act, in which we are priveleged to join, with our own praise, reverence, and homage." Rev. Joseph A. Dunney.
On a wondrous night long ago the first part of the gloria was heard in the little town of Bethlehem.
It is said that in the second century Pope Telesphorus ordered the "Hymn of the Angels" sung at the mass for Christmas. Later, Pope Symmachus wanted the hymn sung on other days as well.
The author of the second part of the Gloria is not definitely known. Tradition, however, tells us that Saint Hilary of Poitiers heard it in the Eastern churches during his exile and brought it back to the West.
Until the close of the 11th century, bishops alone were permitted to say the Gloria. When Pope Pius V reorganized the missal, priests were allowed to say it. Pope Pius V also gave instructions as to when it should or should not be included in the mass.
Like all great musical choruses, the Gloria rises to joyous heights.
Only to drop suddenly to a humble prayer.
To end finally, in another burst of glory and praise.

The Gloria


Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only art holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost ✠ in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Glória in excélsis Deo. Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Iesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Iesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu ✠ in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

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