doxology
   Literally, a short verse praising God; doxologies may be traced to the New Testament and became part of the Roman Catholic liturgy, from whence they passed to Protestantism. By the fourth century, two doxologies had achieved special status in Western Christianity. The lesser doxology, spoken or sung, was called the Gloria Patri: "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." The greater doxology, "Gloria in excelsis Deo," is based on the song of the angels recorded in Luke 2:1; it is less used by Protestants.
   Most common of all in Protestantism is the last stanza of the "Morning and Evening Hymn," written by Anglican Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711), commonly thought of as simply "The Doxology" in many Protestant congregations. Most frequently sung as a response following the taking of the offering, it reads: "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."
   See also liturgy.
   Further reading:
   ■ Hugh A. L. Rice, Thomas Ken. Bishop and Non-juror (London: SPCK, 1958).

Encyclopedia of Protestantism. . 2005.

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