Gloria in excelsis

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Gloria in excelsis

(ĕksĕl`sĭs) [Lat.,=glory in the highest], the Angelic Hymn or greater doxologydoxology
[Gr. doxa=glory] formulaic ascription of praise to God, encountered in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition. The best-known doxologies of the Christian church are Gloria in excelsis, or the greater doxology; Gloria Patri,
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, ancient Christian hymn beginning, according to the Authorized Version, "Glory be to God on high, and on earth, peace, goodwill towards men." An amplification of Luke 2.14, the hymn was of Greek origin and took its place in the Roman Mass about the beginning of the 6th cent. In the Latin Mass it follows the Kyrie.
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The heavenly song Gloria in excelsis Deo, heard on the night of the Nativity and chorused down the ages at Mass, provides a twofold criterion: theocentricity - "Glory to God in the highest" - as well as anthropocentricity - "Peace on earth to men of goodwill" - the latter being subordinate to the former.