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The Great Doxology
The Great Doxology : An ancient hymn based on a song sung by angels to shepherds in Bethlehem.

The Great Doxology*

GLORY be to God on high, and in Earth peace, good will among men.* We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory. O Lord and King, heavenly God, Father Almighty: O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesu Christ: O Holy Spirit also.

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the World:* have mercy upon us, thou that takest away the sins of the world. Receive our prayer, thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,* and have mercy upon us. For thou only art holy,* thou only art the Lord, Jesu Christ, to the glory of the Father.

* The text is based on the translation given in the Book of Common Prayer (1662), emended in several places to match the original Greek. This prayer became part of daily Mattins in the fourth century.

* The opening lines are taken from the song of the angels who announced Christ’s birth to some shepherds near Bethlehem: see Luke 2:8-16.

* Taken from the words used of Jesus Christ by St John the Forerunner and Baptist in John 1:29.

* See among others Mark 16:19,Acts 7:55 and 1 Peter 3:22.

* See Revelation 15:4.

Picture: © Mujaddara, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0. View original
Fields near Bethlehem, Israel, some five miles southwest of Jerusalem. It was near here in about 4 BC that some shepherds looked up into the sky and saw a company of angels singing ‘Glory be to God on high, and in Earth peace, good will among men’. See our post [].

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