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Doxology ( old Greek δόξα dóxa "glory", "honor" and logic ; see Biblical Greek ) is a technical term in liturgy . It denotes the solemn, often prayer- closing boast of the glory of God .

In the Jewish and Christian religions , prayers often end with a doxology. God is either addressed directly or his name is proclaimed with glorifying predicates. The praise usually ends with an eternity formula and the affirmative acclamation of the people, the amen . The doxology at the end of the Our Father was added later, derived from 1 Chr 29.10  EU .

Doxologies could be freely spoken in the early church , but a few recurring formulas were expressed in the various traditions of the western and eastern churches .

Known doxologies

The conclusion of the Our Father in the Protestant churches or the doxology following the embolism following the Our Father in the Catholic Church, which is not part of the Our Father, was taken from the Didache :

“Quia tuum est regnum, et potestas, et gloria, in saecula.”

"For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever."

The Trinitarian doxology Gloria Patri concludes the individual psalms in the prayer of the hours and the individual laws in the rosary prayer :

“Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto,
sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper
et in saecula saeculorum, amen.”

“Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
as in the beginning, so now and all time
and forever. Amen."

Closing words and partial conclusions of the New Testament letters, e.g. B .:

“For out of him and through him and towards him is all creation.
Glory to him forever! Amen."

“But to the king of eternity, the imperishable, invisible,
only wise God, be glory and glory for ever and ever! Amen."

The conclusion of the orations at Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours , e.g. B .:

“Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus: per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen."

“Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules in the unity of the Holy Spirit with you, God for ever and ever. Amen."

“Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus: per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen."

“You who live and rule with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen."

The conclusion of the prayer of Holy Mass:

“Per ipsum, et cum ipso, et in ipso,
est tibi Deo Patri omnipotenti,
in unitate Spiritus Sancti,
omnis honor et gloria
per omnia sæcula sæculorum. Amen."

“Through him and with him and in him
is to you, God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor,
now and forever. Amen."

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Wiktionary: Doxology  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations