Definition and background:
A form of praise sung in a religious service, usually at the end of a hymn, psalm, or prayer. In the Christian Church, the Gloria Patri sung at the end of the psalms. (lesser) a text praising God (beginning Gloria patri and ending saecula seculorum amen: see EUOUAE) which comes in the middle of the introit of the mass. It is sung to the same recitational melody as the psalm verse.
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