This chant, a version of the doxology ( see Doxology*), is very ancient, but with the progress of ecumenism it has recently become very popular in hymnals. The normal text begins with the first part of Luke 2: 14:
Gloria, gloria,in excelsis Deo,
Gloria, gloria,alleluia, alleluia.
This is sometimes repeated. It is found in many books, sometimes with a translation, ‘Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest’. It has been found useful for worship by many denominations, Protestant as well as Catholic. Its popularity may have been influenced by the use of repetition by the Taizé Community: one widely reproduced example is from Canons, Litanies et réponses de Taizé 2: Chanter...
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