The Doxologies of the Apocalypse as a Model of Worship Prayer
AbstractThe article addresses the question of doxologies as found in the Apocalypse. The proposed analysis comprises of three principal parts. The first element was to characterize doxology as biblical prayer of worship to God. It was then followed by the description of eight doxologies present in the last Book of the New Testament (1:5b-6; 4:8-11; 5:9-14; 7:9-12; 11:15-18; 15:3-4; 16:5-7; 19:1-8), which are a paradigm for Christian prayer of worship, in particular communal prayer, considered in the last point of the deliberations. The examined doxologies of the Apocalypse confirm thoroughly the liturgical character of the last Book of the New Testament. They are an unceasing hymn of the Church, which gathers to worship, with powerful voice, its Creator and Savior. Thus it invariably recognizes the great gifts of God, accepting them and letting them bear fruit in the life of a community and individual believers. The Church fulfills its priestly mission and prepares to reign with God. The doxologies of the Apocalypse become then a significant “handbook” in the school of prayer of the New Testament.
Apocalypse of St. John; Revelation of St. John; doxologies; prayer; worship; liturgy
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