Gloria in Excelsis

   Meaning "Glory in the Highest," the title of the final hymn in the Communion Office. It is called the "Greater Doxology," and also, the "Angelic Hymn" as it is based on the song of the angels at Christ's Birth, which forms its opening words. The Gloria in Excelsis is the oldest and most inspiring of all Christian hymns. Its author and the time of its composition are unknown, but it was in use in the very earliest ages of the Church as a daily morning hymn. Its introduction into the Liturgy appears to have been gradual. The first words of it are found in the Liturgy of St. James, from which fact we learn that the germ of it was evidently used in Apostolic times. It is interesting to note that in ancient Liturgies the Gloria in Excelsis was placed at the beginning and not at the end of the Communion Office. It occupied such a position in our own Liturgy until A.D. 1552, when it was placed after the Thanksgiving. By the rubric permission is given to use a hymn instead of it, and this is often done during Advent and Lent, thus reserving the Gloria in Excelsis for use in more joyous seasons such as Christmas, Easter, etc.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Gloria in Excelsis — A liturgical hymn based on the angels song of Luke 2:14; in early and medieval times of the Church it formed part of the synaxis (readings and prayers), early in the Eucharist. In the Church of England it was transferred in the Second (1552) Book …   Dictionary of the Bible

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  • Gloria in Excelsis Deo — (Latin for Glory to God in the highest ) is the title and beginning of a hymn known also as the Greater Doxology (as distinguished from the Minor Doxology or Gloria Patri) and the Angelic Hymn.Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford… …   Wikipedia

  • Gloria in excelsis Deo — [in ek shel′sis dā′ō, glôr′ē in ek sel′sis dā′ō glō′rē ə in ek shəl′sis dā′ō, glō′rē ə in eksel′sis dā ō] [L] glory (be) to God on high: first words of the greater doxology …   English World dictionary

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