Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Glory Be to the Father”
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Glory Be to the Father”

In Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Glory Be to the Father”Each Monday, I share a song from history or present day that present a high view of God, praise Him, and teaches solid doctrine.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in holy array. (Psalm 29:2)

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

Glory be to the Father (aka Gloria Patri)

by Anonymous (2nd Century)

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.

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Glory Be to the Father”Hymn Information

This song is sometimes referred to as “Lesser Doxology.” It is often added to the end of “Old Testament psalms or New Testament canticles.”1

According to Hymnary1 , “The second part, which begins “as it was in the beginning,” was added in the fourth century as a response to the Arian heresy. Thus the text reflects the orthodox insistence on the consubstantiality of the Son with the Father and the eternal unity and equality of the three persons in the Trinity.”

If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in my other posts of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.


References

1. “Gloria Patri”. 2017. Hymnary.Org. Accessed November 2. https://hymnary.org/text/glory_be_to_the_father_and_to_the_son.

  • Short, sweet, and to the everlasting point! Thank you!

  • Karen Del Tatto

    We just sang this yesterday for communion Sunday. Wonderful hymn!

  • Rachel Lee

    Beautiful! Sometimes the hymns of old are the absolute best!
    -Rachel (your neighbor at Tea and Word) 😉

  • Thank you for sharing.

  • Love that doxology. I grew up singing it every Sunday!

  • I love this one! Thank you for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina