Thought of the Day May 4, 2018 Duty to praise God

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Praise reminds us of our relationship with God. It helps us to remember that we are dependent on God for all things. He is in total control and not we ourselves. God wants us to praise him because it is right and good for us to do so. The celebrant at Mass proclaims this in the opening prayer of each Eucharistic prayer. Listen to the beginning of Preface II for Easter. “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, at all times to acclaim you, O Lord, but in this time above all to praise you yet more gloriously when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.” 

Now listen to the conclusion: “And so, with Angels and Archangels, 

with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:” To which we sing the hymn of praise of the angels. “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

Then the celebrant ends Eucharistic Prayer II with the following proclamation:
“Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you.”  How often do you praise God throughout the day as a sign of your relationship with God?

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