Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A hymn used in praise of the Almighty, distinguished by the titles of the Greater and the Less. Both the doxologies are used in the church of England; the former being repeated after every psalm, and the latter used in the communion service. Doxology the Greater, or the angelic hymn, was of great note in the ancient church. It began with the words the angels sung at the birth of Christ, "Glory to God, " &c. Doxology the Less, was anciently only a single sentence without a response, running in these words: "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, world without end, amen." Part of the latter clause, "as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, " &c. was inserted some time after the first composition.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Doxology'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/d/doxology.html. 1802.