doxology


doxology
doxological /dok'seuh log"i keuhl/, adj.doxologically, adv.
/dok sol"euh jee/, n., pl. doxologies.
1. a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God.
2. the Doxology, the metrical formula beginning "Praise God from whom all blessings flow."
[1640-50; < ML doxologia < Gk, equiv. to doxo- (comb. form of dóxa honor, glory) + -logia -LOGY]

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      an expression of praise to God. In Christian worship there are three common doxologies:

      1. The greater doxology, or Gloria in Excelsis, is the Gloria of the Roman Catholic (Roman Catholicism) and Anglican (Anglicanism) masses (mass), and in its hundreds of musical settings it is usually sung in Latin. It is used in the Roman Catholic liturgy in a contemporary translation and is used liturgically, often in older translations, in many Anglican, Lutheran, and other Protestant worship services. The Latin text, from the Roman Missal, follows:

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 Omnipotens. 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.

      The modern Roman Catholic English version reads as follows:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his
people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

      2. The lesser doxology, or Gloria Patri, is used in most Christian traditions at the close of the psalmody:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and
to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is
now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

      3. Metrical doxologies are usually variations upon the Gloria Patri. The most familiar in English is one by the 17th-century Anglican bishop and hymn writer Thomas Ken: (Ken, Thomas)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

      Most Protestant churches use this form, often in conjunction with the presentation of tithes and offerings.

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