Saturday, April 06, 2013


As the bee meister, I’m preparing spelling lists for the upcoming senior citizen spelling bee in Traverse City, Michigan. Seniors work in teams of three to avoid the frayed nerves that often accompany a solo public performance.

At any rate, I came across one word in the list that caught my eye and piqued my interest. The word is acroteleutic, and it refers to a formula repeated at the end of a psalm. In some liturgies, that turns out to be the lesser doxology: Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.  [Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.]

The word is composed of two Greek components: ἄκρο [acro-], outermost, and τελευτή [teleute], end.

The word doxology (used in the second paragraph) incorporates δόξα [doxa], glory, and -λογος [logos], speaking.

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