An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Gospel Acclamation

Before and after a gospel reading, the people acclaim Christ present in the sacred word. The acclamations of the Episcopal Church are translations of the Latin Gloria tibi, Domine and Laus tibi, Christe. They are, in Rite 1, “Glory be to thee, O Lord” and “Praise be to thee, O Christ”; and in Rite 2, “Glory to you, Lord Christ” and “Praise to you, Lord Christ.” The acclamations may be sung when the gospel is sung. The customary acclamations are omitted for the Passion gospel on the Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday, and Good Friday.

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