A Musical “Did You Know?”: Doxology
Did you know that liturgical expressions of praise directed to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have a name? They are called doxologies, a word that is derived from the Greek terms doxa and - logia, meaning “glory” and “saying.” One of the most recognizable short doxologies is the Gloria Patri prayer (Glory be); a longer example is the Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest), which is also known as the “Greater Doxology.” Another, proclaimed by the priest while he raises the chalice and host, is found at the end of the Eucharistic prayer (“Through Him, and with Him, and in Him…”) to which we respond “Amen.” Doxologies also appear at the end of many hymns, and in the canticles and psalms recited during the Liturgy of the Hours. It is quite fitting that they are usually sung, considering one of liturgical music’s goals is also the glorification of God. Throughout the year, doxologies help remind us that our praise to the Trinity must be unceasing.
Heart Speaks to Heart: A Pastoral Letter
On April 28, 2021, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, released a new pastoral letter on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, "Heart Speaks to Heart." You can read the entire letter here.