a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
A devotional piece of music sung responsively.
A response or reply.
Origin: From antiphone or antiphona, from ἀντίφωνα, neuter plural substantive of ἀντίφωνος from ἀντί + φωνή. Compare anthem.
a musical response; alternate singing or chanting. See Antiphony, and Antiphone
a verse said before and after the psalms
Origin: [LL. antiphona, fr. Gr. 'anti`fwna. See Anthem.]
An antiphon in Christian music and ritual, is a responsory by a choir or congregation, usually in the form of a Gregorian chant, to a psalm or other text in a religious service or musical work. Antiphony is now generally used for any call and response style of singing, such as the kirtan and the sea shanty. Antiphonal music is music that is performed by two semi-independent choirs in interaction, often singing alternate musical phrases. Antiphonal psalmody is the singing or musical playing of psalms by alternating groups of performers.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
an′tif-ōn, n. alternate chanting or singing: a species of sacred song, sung by two parties, each responding to the other—also Antiph′ony.—adj. Antiph′onal, pertaining to antiphony.—n. a book of antiphons or anthems—also Antiph′onary and Antiph′oner.—adjs. Antiphon′ic, Antiphon′ical, mutually responsive.—adv. Antiphon′ically. [Gr.; anti, in return, and phōnē, voice. A doublet of Anthem.]
The numerical value of antiphon in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of antiphon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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