In Greek doxa means "praise"; what do you call a praising of God
that terminates a prayer?
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The word derives from the Greek
doxa, glory or praise, and
For example: in the Lord's
Prayer, the doxology is: For thine is the
kingdom, the power and the glory. Amen.
In Judaism, the word Kaddish - which means "May His Great Name be
Sanctified" - is also a doxology.
Hmmm...I always used kAddish as a prayer for the
dead; kIddush is a prayer of praise. You say kaddish over a departed relative,
friend, or loved one. You say kiddush before anything else, like eating,
drinking, bathing, etc. But I may be wrong....
[Mootguy: According to the
Encyclopedia Britannica Online: a kaddish is a:
"Jewish doxology (hymn of praise to God) that is usually recited in Aramaic at
the end of principal sections of all synagogue services. Originally recited in
the rabbinical academies, it later became a regular feature of the synagogue
service. The prayer expresses, in addition to the praise of God, the plea for
the speedy realization of the messianic age." See http://www.britannica.com/ebc/article?tocId=9368818&query=kaddish&ct=
coyote at & alum.mit.edu
Interesting; my church (Unity Faith of
Christianity in Houston, TX) has a "Unity doxology", which is in fact a long
prayer, and not just the end of a prayer. Should I point out the error of their
linguistic ways? Or is there more than one meaning? (after all, "doxology"
broken down could also mean "study of praise" as well and therefore be applied
to a whole prayer or even religion, no?)
[Mootguy: Again, according to the
Encyclopedia Britannica Online: a doxology is a:
"an expression of praise to God." See: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9031101&query=doxology&ct=
dmgruber at & at & at &# hotmail.com
Close, but not exactly.
"May His great name be glorified and sanctified," is in fact the beginning of
Kaddish, but the word itself simply means, "holy."
[Mootguy: He or she is right. I'm
wrong. Kaddish does mean "holy" in Aramaic.]
A doxology is a short prayer or hymn of praise that
extols the glory and majesty of God. It isn't used solely at the end of a
prayer but can be found by itself ie: The Doxology (Praise God from Whom all
blessings flow...), or found at the beginning of larger pieces (Psalm 100) as
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