The Doxology By Ricky Dillard
“What is a Doxology?”
The internet defines the term doxology as “an expression of praise to God, especially in the form of a short hymn sung as part of a worship service.” Many times the doxologies are very short hymns of praise to God in various worship services, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, hymns, or the end of a service. It is said that the word comes from the Greek word doxa, which means (“glory, splendor, grandeur”) and logos, (“word” or “speaking”).This song is presented to the church or sung by the church at the end of the service.
Gloria Patri, named for its first two words in Latin, is used as a doxology by Roman Catholics, Old Catholics, Independent Catholics, Orthodox and many Protestants including Anglicans, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, and Reformed Baptists. Known as the “Lesser Doxology,” thus distinguished from the “Great Doxology,” Gloria in Excelsis Deo, which is often called simply “the Doxology.” The Latin text of the Lesser Doxology is “Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.” Literally translated, it means “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.” The word Amen also means “I agree, or it is so.” As well as praising God, the doxology is a brief declaration of trust in the three persons of the Holy Trinity.
Doxology: The most commonly heard doxology is “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow,” which was written in 1674 by Thomas Ken, by a priest in the Church of England. The words are similar “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.” The term doxology is not in the Bible, the words expressed in doxologies are scriptural. Giving Praises to God for His mighty blessings (Ephesians 1:3), carefully acknowledging Him and His glorious power and how great He is, and in all His splendor. (Romans 11:36; Ephesians 3:21). Affirming the Trinity, which is God the Father, His precious son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) All being integral parts of true worship.
Encourage Yourself: I have learned that this song of praise to God the father, It is not a prayer and closing your eyes is not necessary. At the church, I go to in Houston, the choir begins to sing the doxology. While the congregation are holding hands, and just before the song is over, the choir stops. The pastor begins to say his blessing over the congregation, and everyone sings “Amen” together, as you lift that hand you are holding in sync with everyone else.
Song well, it is a beautiful expression of intimacy with God, from whom all blessings flow.