Today we begin a study on insights from several doxologies in the Bible. Before the 17th Century, a doxology was often spoken out loud before a congregation by a pastor and then repeated by the congregation line for line. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God. *
In Protestant traditions, The Doxology or The Common Doxology, is normally sung as a hymn. The following doxology, written by Thomas Ken in 1674 ** is still sung in churches today.
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.
In Catholicism, doxology is a liturgical formula (or hymn) to give glory to God.
- The Gloria in Excelsis (an expansion of Luke 2:14) is sometimes called the Greater Doxology.
- The Gloria Patri (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, world without end, Amen). It is often called the Lesser Doxology.
Wonderfully, three types of prayer are used, vocal, meditative and contemplative. Here, the focus reflects on Jesus’ life as the words of the church’s basic prayers are repeated.
My focus will be on Scriptures. We’ll find several doxologies in the Old and New Testaments. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God.
Prayer: Father, every living creature on earth yearns to praise you. With heartfelt thanks, I too praise you.
* Webster’s’ New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Michael Agnes and David B. Guralnik, 2001, IGD Books Worldwide, Inc., p 431.
** Thomas Ken, britanica.com,17th-century Anglican bishop and hymn writer.