I recently moved to a rural area where there is only one Catholic parish for the whole county. It’s been quite a liturgical adjustment, shall we say.
So far, I’m perplexed by what I have seen. Every single Sunday, we skip the Gloria. We just go straight from the Kyrie Eleison into the collect prayer. For three weeks, the pastor was on vacation, and we had a substitute priest who included the Gloria. Once the pastor returned, no more Gloria.
Other oddities at this parish are that it usually omits the penitential rite (Kyrie Eleison only), and say the Apostle’s Creed instead of the Nicene Creed. But it’s the absence of the Gloria that bothers me the most – it isn’t Lent, so why is the joy of the Gloria gone?
Any ideas on why the Gloria is being omitted? Is this omission permissible? (I have a feeling it isn’t) And any ideas on how I could talk to the pastor about this?