Doxology — Praise God, from whom all blessings flow





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Published on Jul 26, 2012


Cristiano Rizzotto - organ

First United Methodist Church in Washington, NC

A doxology (from the Greek δόξα [doxa] "glory" + -λογία [-logia], "saying") is a short hymn of praises to God in various Christian worship services, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns. The tradition derives from a similar practice in the Jewish synagogue, where some version of the Kaddish serves to terminate each section of the service.

This doxology, in widespread use in English, in some Protestant traditions, is commonly referred to simply as The Doxology or The Common Doxology; it begins with "Praise God, from whom all blessings flow". The words are thus:

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.

These words were written in 1674 by Thomas Ken as the final verse of two hymns, "Awake, my soul, and with the sun" and "Glory to thee, my God, this night,"intended for morning and evening worship at Winchester College. This final verse, separated from its proper hymns and sung to the tune "Old 100th", "Duke Street", "Lasst uns erfreuen", "The Eighth Tune" by Thomas Tallis, among others, frequently marks the dedication of alms or offerings at Sunday worship. Many Mennonite congregations sing a longer and more embellished setting of this text known as "Dedication Anthem" by Samuel Stanley. In Mennonite circles, this doxology is commonly known as "606" for its hymn number in The Mennonite Hymnal [1969], and colloquially known as the "Mennonite National Anthem." Students at Goshen College stand and sing the doxology when 6:06 remains in a soccer game -- as long as Goshen is winning the game.

Some Christian denominations have adopted altered versions of the Doxology in the interest of inclusive language or other considerations. The Disciples of Christ eliminate the masculine pronouns, while others, such as the Anglican Church of Canada (Common Praise), the United Church of Canada (Voices United), and the United Church of Christ (New Century Hymnal), replace "heavenly host" with a reference to God's love. The United Church of Christ version reads:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.

The 11 AM Service is broadcast live each Sunday on 98.9 FM, WNBR

June 24, 2012

Cristiano Rizzotto Vidal Pessôa, organist at the First United Methodist Church in Washington, NC, is a Graduate Sacred Music student at East Carolina University (ECU).

Cristiano Rizzotto (23) worked as the organist at the Benedictine Abbey of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil until July 2011.


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