DOXOLOGY

The word doxology is composed from two words: “doxa” meaning “good report, glory,” and “logos,” meaning “word, expression.” Hence, the combined is “the of glory.” The doxology is a 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 Batos tune, sung during Vespers, Matins, and . The second is the doxology to the Adam tune sung especially during the Rite of Glorification.

The 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 Some doxologies, such as the Doxology of St. Pshoi, are a historical reference. This doxology narrates the translation of the relics of St. Bshoi from to his monastery during the patriarchate of the Patriarch Joseph (831-849 a.d.). The doxology to the Adam 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 of St. and the Morning Doxology were written in the ninth century. For editions, see also and Theotokia.

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