Doxology

The word is composed from two words: “doxa” meaning “good report, glory,” and “,” meaning “word, expression.” Hence, the combined meaning is “the expression of glory.” The is a hymn used in the Coptic Church to commemorate an event or a church personality. It is usually a short hymn of 5-10 stanzas. There are two types of doxologies. The first is the doxology to the tune, during Vespers, Matins, and Psalmodia. The second is the to the tune especially during the Rite of Glorification.

The doxologies provide a valuable background to Coptic literature, giving a brief summary of the martyrdom, miracles, and so forth of many saints. Some doxologies, such as the of St. Pshoi, are a historical reference. This doxology narrates the translation of the relics of St. Bshoi from Upper Egypt to his monastery during the patriarchate of the Patriarch Joseph (831-849 a.d.). The to the tune used for the morning service, which occurs also in the rite, was introduced to the Coptic Church by the Monastery of St Antony. It seems to be a late translation from to Coptic. It is hard to date the doxologies.

The Doxologies of St. Pshoi and the Morning were written in the ninth century. For editions, see also Psalmodia and Theotokia.

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