Sarah (spriff) wrote in deltaomicron,

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The Creed

Here is some interesting information we just received about the Creed from the DO President, after one of our members inquired about it. I thought it might be nice to share, since we've all prolly wondered about its origins.

The Creed is a quotation by Phillips Brooks. Phillips Brooks was a preacher and hymn composer and is named by some as "the greatest American preacher of the 19th century." We know him best today as the composer of "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem." He lived from 1835 to 1893.

In 1909, the three Founders of Delta Omicron would have been very aware of his speeches and writings and that is why they chose this particular quotation for the Creed. It has been a part of this Fraternity for almost 100 years, in our initiation ceremony, in our monthly meetings, etc. It is tightly woven into the fabric of this Fraternity historically as much as our colors and name.

It is grammatically correct; awkwardness of its grammer is the result of the period of time from which it comes and from its poetic phrasing. The Creed is meant to be recited orally with vocal inflection clarifying its meaning. When looked at as a speech rather than a written text, you can see that the commas are placed so that particular parts are emphasized and separated purposefully.

Like any good piece of literature, the Creed's meaning transcends time. And in the words of the Creed, "...the longer we live," its message is continually applicable to daily living no matter what phase of life. At least that is what I have found throughout my life.

Dr. Jonny H. Ramsey
International President
Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity
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