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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 124 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GLORY (through the O. Fr. glorie, modern gloire, from Lat. gloria, cognate with Gr. KXebs, abets), a synonym for fame, renown, honour, and thus used of anything which reflects honour and renown on its possessor. In the phrase " glory of God " the word implies both the honour due to the Creator, and His majesty and effulgence. In liturgies of the Christian Church are the Gloria Patri, the doxology beginning " Glory be to the Father," the response Gloria tibi, Domine, " Glory be to Thee, O Lord," sung or said after the giving out of the Gospel for the day, and the Gloria in excelsis, " Glory be to God on high," sung during the Mass and Communion service. A " glory " is the term often used as synonymous with halo, nimbus or aureola (q.v.) for the ring of light encircling the head or figure in a pictorial or other representation of sacred ,persons.
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