Monday, April 13, 2015

The Doxology

Growing up going to traditional church services there were two hymn choruses that we sang every Sunday. One we sang after we recited the Lord’s Prayer called the Gloria Patrie.   

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,  Amen”

Yesterday during our Celebration Worship services we sang another  traditional Christian hymn that expresses praise to the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Protestant traditions commonly referred to this simply as The Doxology:

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.

In Mennonite church circles, this doxology is commonly known as "606" for its hymn number in the 1969 The Mennonite Hymnal and is known as the "Mennonite National Anthem." Students at Goshen College, a Mennonite college in Indiana that my son Taylor is about to graduate from has a tradition of standing and singing the doxology whenever  6:06  remains on the clock  in a soccer game. 

Yesterday we sang it as it has been sung for hundreds of years; as a song of praise acknowledging that God is worthy of our praise because of who He is and what he has done. God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit is the source of everything good thing in our lives.

Today let’s praise God from whom ALL blessings flow.

Your pastor and partner in ministry.


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