Whose glory are we talking about?

Why do priests do that? Remove the “his” for the unnecessary “God’s”? Whose else would it be? I suspect it’s a sort of between-us-chickens thing: “his” is masculine, and there’s too much of that in the church. So start saying “God’s,” and people will get the message.

Blithe Spirit

In the mass as official, I find:

Priest: Pray, my brothers and sisters, that our sacrifice
may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
All: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands,
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good, and the good of all his Church.

It’s just before the preface, followed by holy, holy, etc., the old ?Orate Fratres.? Fine.

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But I hear oftener and oftener this:

Priest: Pray, my brothers and sisters, that our sacrifice
may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
All: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands,
for the praise and glory ofGod’s name,
for our good, and the good of all his Church.

Why do priests do that? Remove the ?his? for the unnecessary ?God’s?? Whose else would it be? I suspect it’s a sort of between-us-chickens thing: ?his? is masculine, and there’s too…

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About Jim Bowman
Jim Bowman covered religion 1968-78 for the Chicago Daily News, since then has written books, articles, etc., mostly on corporate history but also on religion (Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968), and more recently on politics (Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters, -- Lulu.com, Kindle). Longtime Oak Park, Illinois, resident, he lives now on Chicago's North Side, where four of his and Winnie's six children live close by.

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