Psinging the Psalms

Interlocutor: Provost, where has the thingy gone after the psalm?

Me: What thingy? The doxology?

Interlocutor: Yes the thingy that goes: “Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.” That thingy.

The answer to the question is that it has gone from morning worship because morning worship is a modern liturgy service and yet it is retained in the evening as that is a traditional language service and once you start to muck around with that you are on dangerous shifting sands.
Huh? What?

It has gone from the morning service because of the relatively modern view that it is mistaken to sing a Jewish text and then “Christianize” it with a doxology. Psome people understand this immediately and say, “Oh yes, so it is” and others say, “Harumph, political correctness gone mad”.

The truth is, things are not consistent at St Mary’s in that we are still psaying the doxology during the week at morning prayer.

There is a halfway house which involves psinging a different doxology that uses trinitarian themes but using attributes of God which some would argue can be seen in the Hebrew scriptures, thus:

Glory to God, Source of All Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.



  1. *blink*

    If I read that right, `Jewish text “christianized”‘ … that’s a fair description of the whole Bible, isn’t it? 😉

  2. kelvin says

    Well, the Hebrew Scriptures are Jewish Texts in a way that the Greek Scriptures are not.

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