"Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen"
One of my earliest church memories is everyone standing up to sing the doxology. We went to a small Methodist church in McGaheysville, VA with my grandparents until I was about 4. I remember resting my head on my grandma's lap and then, suddenly, everyone would stand up and sing this song as the offering plates were being delivered back up to the pulpit.
However, most of my growing up years were spent in a small rural Mennonite congregation in Grottoes, VA and guess what....they sang the Doxology too, but not nearly as often. I am assuming most denominations in the Christian church sing it.
When I was in 8th grade I started attending Eastern Mennonite High School. Then I was hit with a totally different version of the doxology...AND EVERYONE KNEW IT, except me (probably not true, but it felt that way)! Most people didn't even need to look at their hymnal for the words. The music director just said, "118' and well...everyone just sang this beautiful song I'd never heard before!
Some people call it the "Mennonite Anthem" or "606" "118". Here's "606" being sung at a convention I went to in 2011:
The original doxology was written by Thomas Ken for his students at Winchester College. He wrote a collection of prayers and included hymns as well. There were three sections: a morning hymn, an evening hymn, and a midnight hymn. The morning hymn was 14 verses long (can you imagine!!!??)! Each section ended with the words that we are most familiar with in the doxology. So the students were repeating "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow" three times a day. Here's the story behind the song with Dan Wilt:
Comment about your experience with the doxology. Did you grow up with it? How often did you sing it?