The History and Theology of the Lesser Doxology
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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In this book I intend to explore a short, familiar, but little reflected upon prayer—the “Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.” Along with the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary, the so-called lesser doxology1 ...
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Many people have generously assisted me in this endeavor. Nathan Mitchell gave me the breadth and depth of his wisdom in matters liturgical, and he responded to many questions, offered various suggestions, and read the manuscript at various stages and in its totality with a critical eye and generous heart. ...
The Lesser Doxology
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The Greater Doxology
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Doxology: Word and Concept
Doxology as Mystery of God
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Doxology is the most exalted verbal expression and the climactic liturgical gesture of the assembled community of faith. Doxology is a formula of praise always dedicated to God and God alone. Doxology is the moment of greatest intensity in prayer. Failing in our own words, we readily acknowledge that ...
The Philology and Theology of Glory
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The translation of the Latin gloria into the English glory is straightforward and requires little comment. Glory in English will, of course, carry connotations that may vary from time to time and place to place. Living languages change; usage changes; dictionary meanings change in the futile attempt to stay current ...
The History of the Gloria Patri Doxology
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Paul gives us the earliest Christian scriptures, and his greeting might well be the text most succinctly supportive of the Christian invocation of the Trinity, which is prayed today at the beginning of the Eucharistic liturgy: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion ...
The Trinity in Time and Eternity
“Father, Son, and Holy Spirit"
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The lesser doxology proclaims glory to God as “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” What understanding of the Trinity might one bring to this prayer and its spiritual implications? In short, how does prayer addressed to the persons of the Trinity enhance the lesser doxology? ...
“As It Was in the Beginning" — The Glory of Eternity and Time
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In the beginning speaks of both eternity and time. In the beginning could mean always in all eternity, which has no beginning in time. In the psalms we read: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth ...
“Is Now"—The Fullness of Time and the Hidden Glory
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In the preceding chapter, we spoke of “in the beginning” as a corollary of the mystery of the One and the Many, the mystery of creation as the fullness of eternity that glorifies God throughout the fullness of time. In this chapter we will speak of the “is now” as the mystery of the incarnation ...
“And Will Be Forever, World Without End" — The Fullness of Grace and the Revealed Glory
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In the preceding chapters we drew a parallel between the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and “in the beginning, is now, will be forever.” Accordingly we talked of creation “in the beginning” and the Father as source of all created being, albeit we remain aware that whatever is attributed to the Father ...
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The Book of Revelation ends with these lines: “‘Surely, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all” (Rev 22:20–21). Amen is a Semitic word that means “thus” or “it is true.” Amen is rooted in the verb mn, which is related to various Hebrew words ...
A Last Word
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“God for us is who God is as God.”1 As Jesus said: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (1 Jn 14:9). Shaped by the doctrinal controversies of early Christianity, the first part of the Gloria Patri names the Trinity with no commentary but with the “glory” standing for the very being of God, ...
A Poem of Glory
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Publication Year: 2007