The History and Theology of the Lesser Doxology
Paperback | 9780268020293 | September 2007
eBook (PDF) | 9780268074661 | September 2007
The Gloria Patri has been prayed from the beginnings of Christianity. In this one-sentence prayer, time and eternity are combined in a compressed expression of doxology, praise of God. In this brief but comprehensive book, Father Ayo examines the riches in this prayer: the philological, historical, and theological origins of Christian prayer itself, and the profound spiritual implications of the Gloria Patri. At the heart of Christian prayer and at the heart of Christian liturgy we always find worship, honor, and praise of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. In Gloria Patri, Father Ayo examines the lesser doxology word by word, in both its various translations and the history of their combination and controversies. He adds to that an exploration of the boundless meanings of praise of the Triune God it encompasses. After reading Gloria Patri, no one can again take for granted this humble sentence.
Nicholas Ayo is professor emeritus of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of a number of books, including The Hail Mary: A Verbal Icon of Mary and The Lord’s Prayer: A Survey Theological and Literary, both also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
“Anyone who seriously reads this exposition of the Gloria Patri will never again be able to recite this doxology in worship without giving thought to its meaning. The first part of the book is an economically written account of the historical development of the doxology. The second part is an extended meditation on the nature of the triune God, creation, Providence, human existence, and time and eternity.” ~Christian Century