Angelical Hymn the hymn or doxology (q.v.) Gloria in Excelsis, beginning with "Glory be to God on high," etc. It is so called from the former part of it having been sung by the angels to announce the birth of the Redeemer. The Greek original, as restored by Bunsen from the Cod. Alex., is given in his Analecta dnteniccena, 3, 87; also in Procter, On Common Prayer, p. 354. — See Palmer, Orig. Liturg. 4, § 23; Bingham, Orig. Ecclesiastes bk. 64, ch. 2, § 2. SEE GLORIA.