In Christian liturgies, a short text usually chanted by the celebrant or deacon that elicits a response from the choir (e.g., Benedicamus Domino). The pairing of versicle and response is called versus in Latin liturgical books.

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  • Versicle — Ver si*cle, n. [L. versiculus, dim. of versus. See {Verse}.] A little verse; especially, a short verse or text said or sung in public worship by the priest or minister, and followed by a response from the people. [1913 Webster] The psalms were in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • versicle — [vʉr′si kəl] n. [ME < L versiculus, dim. of versus] a short verse or verse part, usually of a Psalm, used esp. in antiphonal prayer …   English World dictionary

  • Versicle — A versicle is the first half of one of a set of preces, said or sung by an officiant or cantor and answered with a said or sung response by the or choir. For example, in the following opening of the Anglican service of Evening Prayer according to …   Wikipedia

  • versicle — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin versiculus, diminutive of versus verse Date: 14th century 1. a short verse or sentence (as from a psalm) said or sung by a leader in public worship and followed by a response from the people 2. a little… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • versicle — /verr si keuhl/, n. 1. a little verse. 2. Eccles. a short verse, usually from the Psalms, said or sung by the officiant, after which the congregation recites a response. Cf. response (def. 3a). [1350 1400; ME < L versiculus. See VERSE, I , CLE1]… …   Universalium

  • versicle — noun In poetry, and songs, particularly hymns, one of a series of lines that are shorter than a standard line of verse …   Wiktionary

  • versicle — ver|si|cle Mot Pla Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • versicle — short verse in church service normally followed by response Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • versicle — n. short verse of liturgy (Christianity); short verse of poetry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • versicle — [ və:sɪk(ə)l] noun a short sentence said or sung by the minister in a church service, to which the congregation gives a response …   English new terms dictionary

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