(Peace on earth to all people is probably the best translation. Or, in the version Linus reports in "A Charlie Brown Christmas": "Lo, I bring you good tidings of great news, which shall be to all people...")
There's also a Handel version:
One of the things about a lot of those religious/Mass texts; many composers did their own versions of them (there are also a few more-modern versions, but they don't mean as much to me).
The full text, in Latin, is:
- Gloria in excelsis Deo
- et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
- Laudamus te,
- benedicimus te,
- adoramus te,
- glorificamus te,
- gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam,
- Domine Deus, Rex caelestis,
- Deus Pater omnípotens.
- Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe,
- Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris,
- qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis;
- qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram.
- Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.
- Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus,
- Jesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu: in gloria Dei Patris. Amen
- Glory to you who has shown us the light.
- Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill to all people.
- We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory.
- Lord, King, heavenly God, Father, almighty; Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit.
- Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, you who take away the sins of the world.
- Receive our prayer, you who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.
- For you only are holy, only you are Lord
- Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
- Each day I shall bless you, and I will praise your name forever and to the ages of ages.
- (At least, that's Wikipedia's version; I have seen others that are maybe a little more poetical).I wish I knew more about the music/order of the Mass; given my background I have never experienced it. I am more accustomed to the "two to three hymns sung by the congregation and a choir set-piece" done by Protestants...