Adore ye God, O all ye His angels; Sion hears and is gladdened thereby, and the daughters of Juda shall exult. V. The Lord reigneth, let the earth be glad; let the many isles rejoice. (Psalm 96:7–8, 1)
Today’s Holy Mass opens, as did last Sunday’s, with the Introit’s immense call to adoration. Last Sunday the call was addressed to the whole earth — omnis terra —today the Introit calls upon the angels to adore God — omnes Angeli eius. The summons to adore God goes out to all the human inhabitants of the earth and to all the angelic habitants of heaven. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Heaven and earth are full of the glory of the Lord.
As I explained last week, “full, conscious, and actual participation” in the sacred liturgy is a grace given only to souls who prostrate themselves before God in humble adoration. Only the adoring man can hear the Word of God rightly. Only the adoring man can beseech God rightly. The adoring man places himself in total submission to