Tuesday Hymns: “The Gloria Patri”

Being a “Baptist boy,” I had never heard the Gloria Patri sung (unless it was sung when I visited a Lutheran church in high school with a girlfriend), and, to be perfectly honest, I must admit that I never knew that such a doxology even existed. When we began attending Reformed Presbyterian Church back in 2005 it was sung at the close of our evening service, and it has been a blessing to me from that time to this day.

This doxology, many claim, actually goes back to the time of the Council of Nicaea, and is our Tuesday Hymn of the week. The heretical Arians changed the prepositions used, preferring to say, “Glory be to the Father, in (or through) the Son, and in (or through) the Holy Ghost,” which in their eyes, put Jesus and the Spirit on a lower plane than the Father.

The words that we sing, however, are a simple and straightforward song of praise to the Triune God that the people of God have used in their corporate worship for over a thousand years. There are several tunes to which this hymn is sung: GLORIA PATRI (MEINEKE), GLORIA PATRI (GREATOREX), and GLORIA PATRI (YOUNG). (I could not find an online media site for the last tune)

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.

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