#Gemstone Kink & Faith series: What is a doxology?

Kink & Faith, Part 1: What is a Lydia circle?

Kink & Faith, Part 2: What is a lectionary?

Who says kink and faith can’t combine? This week’s series focuses on the church references in Gemstone that might not be familiar to those outside the Lutheran and/or Protestant/Christian tradition. Gemstone tells the story of a sweet church lady, Gemma, who hides her naughty persona online.

On Monday, we talked about Gemma’s Lydia circle at her church and other circles named after women in the Bible. Yesterday, I introduced the lectionary, or the official schedule for Bible readings at a church’s services for the year.

Today, let’s talk about the doxology in Gemstone. You can read the basic information on Wikipedia:

Among Christian traditions a doxology is typically an expression of praise sung to the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is common in high hymns for the final stanza to take the form of a doxology. Doxologies occur in the Eucharistic prayers, the Liturgy of the Hours, hymns and various Catholic devotions such as novenas and the Rosary.

Thanks, Wiki! You always have good beginner information. 😀

In other words, a doxology is a type of prayer that is sung. The doxology Gemma sings with her Lydia circle (remember what this is, I hope?) is a time-honored prayer that is sung before meals:

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

You can listen to the pipe organ accompaniment here:

There is, of course, a lot of history behind the doxology and various ways it came about, but at heart it is a cultural and religious tradition of joining together in prayer before sharing a meal.

Since sharing a meal is such a central part in Gemma’s community (and, indeed, in most communities), the doxology gives special meaning to a special moment.

Then…jello shots. 😀 More about those later.

Have you sung or heard the doxology? Do you use other ones?

Thanks for joining Kink & Faith’s third episode. I’ll have more for you next time!

In the meantime, please add Gemstone to your Goodreads listing. It’s doing great with five 5-star reviews and one 4-star review already! Thank you for reading and reviewing. ❤

Look for a new Kink & Faith post tomorrow!


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Can lies build a foundation for love?

Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and—her personal favorite—figging.

No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s Kinklife profile. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, she creates an account under the name starrygirl793 and “catfishes” the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, Celine is also leading a double life.

Meanwhile, Gemma’s best friend sets her up with an online dating service. Enter Stella, who is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. But she doesn’t understand the kink Gemma holds dear.

How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? Or give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?


6 thoughts on “#Gemstone Kink & Faith series: What is a doxology?

  1. awesomesub says:

    Hi Ana, I didn’t know the term doxology, but recognized what it was about. The doxology I am most familiar with is Felix Mendelssohn’s Glory be to God on high. I learned something again today. For me kink & faith is a very educational series of blog posts; thank you for that. 🙂




  2. Lynn says:

    In the catholic schools I went to the prayer before meals was spoken not sung and known as ‘Saying Grace’
    As far as I recall, it went something like:
    “Bless us, O Lord and these thy gifts which we are about to receive. May the Lord make us truly thankful. Amen!”


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      In this case, saying grace looks like the same thing, but a doxology is a particular kind of prayer. It doesn’t have to be a table prayer, but saying grace is. 🙂 The one you mention is a common one, if maybe a little bit old-fashioned. One I grew up with is, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest. Let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen.” Of course, there are funny ones, too, like, “Good bread, good meat. Good God, let’s eat!” 😀


  3. rozharrison says:

    Hi Ana, just read your previous post and this. Am enjoying these posts and learning quite a bit. Wonderful explanations 🙂 Love the premise to this. Congratulations on the great reviews 🙂



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