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Author(s): Mauder, Albert
1. Literally an address of praise, the doxology in the narrower sense, which occurs in all major religions, is a magnifying of deity in short formulas either at the beginning or at the conclusion of acts of prayer. It is often oriented to acclamation by the worshipers (Prayer). In the OT, doxologies occur at the latest in the postexilic temple and in the prayer psalms of the developing synagogue (e.g., Neh. 8:6; Ps. 106:1; Isa. 25:1; 37:15–20). This cultic form was cultivated in early Judaism and adopted directly by the NT congregation. Along with the doxology of the Lord’s Prayer in Matt. 6:1…


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Author(s): Mauder, Albert
The word “exequies” means “accompaniments.” In a general sense it is used especially in the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion (but not Protestant churches) for funeral rites up to and including the burial. In a narrower sense “exequies” is a musical term for the music accompanying such rites. Here we might mention particularly the many requiems and the Musikalische Exequien of Heinrich Schütz (1636). Exequies in this sense mostly include pieces from the Mass for the dead, and only rarely those of the Burial Office alone. Albert Mauder†


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Author(s): Mauder, Albert
A necrology is a list of people’s names arranged according to date of death for the use of members of parishes, religious orders, and spiritual communities in intercession or remembrance. We also find necrologies in secular societies. In monasteries the names may often be read out on the appropriate day. Older necrologies are often primary historical sources. Albert Mauder†Bibliography M. M. Sheehan, “Necrology,” NCE  10.296–97.