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A doxology (from the Greek doxa, glory + logos, word or speaking) is a short hymn of praise to God in various Christian worship services, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns. The tradition derives from a similar practice in the Jewish synagogue.[1] Look up logos in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a god or other religiously significant figure. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... A canticle is a hymn (strictly excluding the Psalms) taken from the Bible. ... Psalms (from the Greek: Psalmoi) (originally meaning songs sung to a harp, from psallein play on a stringed instrument, Ψαλμοί; Hebrew: Tehilim, תהילים) is a book of the Hebrew Bible, Tanakh or Old Testament. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... A synagogue (from ancient Greek: , transliterated synagogÄ“, assembly; ‎ beit knesset, house of assembly; Yiddish: or Template:Lanh-he beit tefila, house of prayer, shul; Ladino: , esnoga) is a Jewish house of worship. ...


Trinitarian doxology

Gloria Patri

By far the most common doxology (and often simply called "the doxology"), used by Catholics, Orthodox, and many Protestants including Reformed Baptists, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Methodists, is the Gloria Patri, so named for its first two words in Latin and addressed to the Trinity: Glory Be to the Father, also known as Gloria Patri, is a doxology, a short hymn of praise to God in various Christian liturgies. ... ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... The name Reformed Baptist does not refer to a distinct Christian denomination, but instead is a description of the churchs theological leaning. ... The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... The Methodist movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity. ... Glory Be to the Father, also known as Gloria Patri, is a doxology, a short hymn of praise to God in various Christian liturgies. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article or section contains too many quotations for an encyclopedic entry. ...

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et in semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and always, to the ages of ages. Amen.

As well as praising God, has been regarded as a short declaration of faith in the co-equality of the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. Glory (from the Latin gloria, fame, renown) is used to denote the manifestation of Gods presence in the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. ... In many religions, the supreme God is given the title and attributions of Father. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      In mainstream Christianity, the... This article is about the Hebrew word. ... This article concerns the holy Trinity of Christianity. ...

"Saecula saeculorum", here rendered "ages of ages", is the translation of what was probably a Semitic idiom, via Koine Greek, meaning forever. It is also rendered "world without end" in archaic English, which has the same meaning. It is present in the King James Bible (cf. Eph. 3:21; Isa. 45:17). Similarly, "et semper" is often rendered "and ever shall be", giving the more metrical English version 14th century BC diplomatic letter in Akkadian, found in Tell Amarna. ... An idiom is an expression (i. ... Koine redirects here. ... This page is about the version of the Bible; for the Harvey Danger album, see King James Version (album). ...

... As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Gloria Patri setting by Henry Wellington Greatorex
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The common Liturgy of the Hours doxology, as approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, uses a different translation of the same Latin: Image File history File links Gloria_Patri. ... The Liturgy of the Hours is usually recited in full in monastic communities. ... The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (also known as the USCCB) is the official governing body of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. ...

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The modern Anglican version (found in Common Worship) is slightly different: Common Worship is a series of books of services and prayers, known as a liturgy, published by the Church of England. ...

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The most commonly encountered Orthodox English version: ...

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now, and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen

In Greek this doxology runs:

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

"Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow"

Another doxology in widespread use in English, in some Protestant traditions commonly referred to simply as "The Doxology", is:

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.

This text, which was originally the seventh and final stanza of "Glory to thee, my God, this night", a hymn for evening worship written by Thomas Ken in about 1674[2], is usually sung to the tune Old 100th, but also to Duke Street by John Hatton, Lasst uns erfreuen, and The Eighth Tune by Thomas Tallis, among others. Many Mennonite churches, especially those comprised primarily of ethnic Mennonites, sing a longer and more highly embellished version of this doxology which more fully utilizes the a capella harmonizing for which such services are known. Bishop Thomas Ken Thomas Ken (July 1637 – 19 March 1711), English churchman, was the most eminent of the English non-juring bishops, and one of the fathers of modern English hymnology // Ken was born at Little Berkhampstead, Herts, the son of Thomas Ken of Furnivals Inn, who belonged to... The tune Old 100th or Old Hundredth, is a melody from Pseaumes Octante Trois de David (1551), and is one of the best known melodies in all Christian musical traditions. ... Thomas Tallis Thomas Tallis (c 1505–23 November 1585) was an English composer. ...

In Filipino

Filipino Protestants also sing this Doxology to the tune of Old 100th:
The tune Old 100th or Old Hundredth, is a melody from Pseaumes Octante Trois de David (1551), and is one of the best known melodies in all Christian musical traditions. ...

Ang Ama ay papurihan,
Anak, Espiritung mahal
Ng mga taong nilalang,
At ng tanang sanglangitan.

This is the doxology used in Iglesia ni Cristo worship services: The Iglesia ni Cristo (IPA: ) (also known as INC or Iglesya ni Kristo ; literally Tagalog for Church of Christ) is an independent, nontrinitarian[1] Christian church that originated in the Philippines[2] The INC was incorporated in the Philippines by Felix Y. Manalo on July 27, 1914;[3] The church...

"Ang Doxolohiya"

Purihin natin ang ama
Mabuhay sa pag-ibig ng anak
Taglayin ang espiritung banal
Ang Diyos ay lagi nating sambahin. Amen.
Approximate Translation:
Praise God, Our Father up above
Proclaim th love of His beloved Son
Receive the Holy Spirits Gift
Forever worship Our Almighty God. Amen.

Other doxologies

Doxologies do not all refer to a co-equal Trinity, and some do not refer to the Trinity at all. An early variation on the Gloria Patri ("Glory be to the Father, with the Son, through the Holy Spirit") was originally used by the Orthodox along with the more familiar wording, but this came to be used exclusively by the Arians and others who denied the divinity of the Son and Holy Spirit. Separate articles treat Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Orthodox Judaism. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...

While also not specifically Trinitarian, another doxology sung to the tune of Old 100th is the familiar table prayer:

Be present at our table, Lord
Be here and everywhere adored
These mercies bless and grant that we
May strengthened for Thy service be (or, alternatively, May feast in Paradise with Thee)

Yet another familiar doxology is the phrase at the end of the traditional Lord's Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6:13 (not found in some ancient manuscripts; a possible allusion to 1 Chronicles 29:11-12): "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen." The Sermon on the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch. ... The Gospel of Matthew (literally, according to Matthew; Greek, Κατά Μαθθαίον or Κατά Ματθαίον, Kata Maththaion or Kata Matthaion) is a synoptic gospel in the New Testament, one of four canonical gospels. ... The Book of Chronicles is a book in the Hebrew Bible (also see Old Testament). ...

At Matins, Orthodox worship specifies a Great Doxology for feast days and a Small Doxology for ordinary days. (Both include the Gospel doxology Gloria in Excelsis of the angel's (Luke 2:14): Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill among men.) A substantial portion of this doxology comprises the prayer Gloria in excelsis of the Roman Catholic mass. For the Anglican service of Mattins see Morning Prayer Matins is the early morning prayer service in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies of the canonical hours. ... The Great Doxology is an ancient hymn of praise to the Trinity which is chanted or read daily in the Eastern Orthodox and Greek-Catholic Churches. ... Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Latin for Glory to God in the highest)woot is the title and beginning of the great doxology (song of praise) used in the Roman Catholic Mass and, in translation, in the services of many other Christian churches. ... The Gospel of Luke (literally, according to Luke; Greek, Κατά Λουκαν, Kata Loukan) is a synoptic Gospel, and the third and longest of the four canonical Gospels of the New Testament. ... A Medieval Low Mass by a bishop. ...

In Unitarian Universalism, "the Doxology" refers to Curtis W. Reese's adaptation of "From all that dwell below the skies", an 18th-century hymn by Isaac Watts: The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. ... Curtis Williford Reese (September 3, 1887- June 5, 1961) was a Unitarian minister and humanist. ... Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674 – November 25, 1748) is recognised as the Father of English Hymnody, as he was the first prolific and popular English hymnwriter, credited with some 750 hymns. ...

From all that dwell below the skies
let faith and hope with love arise;
let beauty, truth, and good be sung
through every land, by every tongue.

Sung to the tune of Old 100th, it occupies a place in a Unitarian service that would be filled by a Christian doxology in a Christian service.


Because some Christian worship services include a doxology, and these hymns therefore were familiar and well-practiced among church choirs, the English word sockdolager arose, a deformation of doxology, which came to mean a "show-stopper", a production number. The Oxford English Dictionary considers it a "fanciful" coinage, and refers to an 1893 speculation reported in the Chicago Tribune as to the origin of the word as one of its early attestations: This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is the most successful dictionary of the English language, (not to be confused with the one-volume Oxford Dictionary of English, formerly New Oxford Dictionary of English, of... // The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by the Tribune Company. ...

A writer in the March Atlantic gives this as the origin of the slang word "socdollager," which was current some time ago. "Socdollager" was the uneducated man's transposition of "doxologer, which was the familiar New England rendering of "doxology." This was the Puritan term for the verse ascription used at the conclusion of every hymn, like the "Gloria," at the end of a chanted psalm. On doctrinal grounds it was proper for the whole congregation to join in the singing, so that it became a triumphant winding up of the whole act of worship. Thus is happened that "socdollager" became the term for anything which left nothing else to follow; a decisive, overwhelming finish, to which no reply was possible.[3]

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Popular Culture

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The name of one of Samuel Hamilton's horses.
In The Hold Steady's song, Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night, the band sings, "We dictate our doxologies and try to get sleeping kids to sit up and listen."
"Doxology" is the title of an experimental animation by filmmaker Michael Langan. The film's climax features the Doxology itself, sung by a congregation to the tune of The Old 100th.


  1. ^ Doxology - Catholic Encyclopedia article
  2. ^ "All praise to thee, my God, this night" in The Cyber Hymnal
  3. ^ 19 March 1893, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 36

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Hymns of the Spirit Three Contains numerous "doxologies" to the tune OLD HUNDREDTH used in the Unitarian, Universalist and liberal Christian traditions, in English, Spanish and French. Historic Unitarianism believed in the oneness of God as opposed to traditional Christian belief in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). ... In comparative religion, a universalist religion is one that holds itself true for all people; it thus allows all to join, regardless of ethnicity. ... The Christian Left encompasses those who hold a strong Christian belief and share left-wing or socialist ideals. ...

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Doxology - LoveToKnow 1911 (833 words)
The Greater Doxology, in a form approximating to that of the English prayer-book, is given in the A postolical Constitutions (vii.
This doxology is also used in the Protestant Episcopal and Methodist Episcopal churches of America, as indeed in most Protestant churches at the eucharist.
Metrical doxologies are often sung at the end of hymns, and the term has become especially associated with the stanza beginning "Praise God from whom all blessings flow," with which Thomas Ken, bishop of Winchester, concluded his morning and evening hymns.
Doxology (985 words)
The greater doxology is the Gloria in Excelsis Deo (q.v.) in the Mass.
The doxology in the form in which we know it has been used since about the seventh century all over Western Christendom, except in one corner.
The use of the shorter doxology in the Latin Church is this: the two parts are always said or sung as a verse with response.
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