Day 6 – Strength Training

The “Gloria Patri” is next and is included in other places in both Morning and Evening Prayer. The Gloria Patri is also called the “Glory Be” or “Glory Be to the Father”. It is a short doxology or hymn of praise to God so it is also sometimes referred to as the “Minor Doxology” or the “Lesser Doxology”. These titles help to distinguish it from what is known as the Greater Doxology, the “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The “Gloria Patri” was included in the liturgy by the monastic communities to be sung after the reading of each of the Psalms as ordered by St. Benedict in his Rule of 525. The “Gloria Patri” finds its biblical foundation in the following verses:

Romans 14:26
to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

Philippians 4:20
Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

Revelation 1:6
and he made us to be a Kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 14:7a
He said with a loud voice, “Fear the Lord, and give him glory;

1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.

2 Corinthians 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. AMEN.

The “Gloria Patri” should help us to reflect on the majesty of the Trinity and to give God glory now and forever.

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