A Doxastikon (also doxasticon or doxastichon, plural: doxastika; Greek: Δοξαστικόν "Glory sticheron") is a type of hymn found in the Divine Services of the Orthodox Church.
Specifically, a doxastikon is a sticheron which is chanted between:
- "Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit." and
- "Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen."
Doxastika are normally found near the end of a series of stichera. Doxastika may be found at Vespers ("Lord, I Have Cried" and the Aposticha), at Matins (Aposticha, Praises), and at the Divine Liturgy (the Beatitudes).
There are other instances when a hymn is found between "Glory..." and "Both now..." (i.e., Apolytikion, the Canon); however, these hymns are troparia rather than stichera, and so are not referred to as doxastika.
The subject matter of the doxastikon can be either the glorification of the Trinity, or honoring the saint of the day. Feasts of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) often do not have doxastika, since she is honored during the Theotokion, which is the sticheron which follows "Both now and ever...". Lower-ranking feasts of saints do not usually have doxastika, though some do.
Doxastika are always intended to be chanted in one of the eight liturgical modes, or a variation on the modes, known as an automelon.
- ↑ Kallistos (Ware), Bishop & Mary, Mother (1969), The Festal Menaion, London: Faber and Faber, p. 550, ISBN 0-571-11137-8