(Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
proceeding in small stages
"a gradual increase in prices"
(of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt
"a gradual slope"
An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
Proceeding by steps or small degrees; advancing step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.
Origin: From gradualis, from gradus, from gʰradʰ-. Cognate with 03320342033903380343, Gritt.
proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline
an antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps
a service book containing the musical portions of the Mass
a series of steps
Origin: [LL. graduale a gradual (in sense 1), fr. L. gradus step: cf. F. graduel. See Grade, and cf. Grail a gradual.]
The Gradual is a chant or hymn in the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist for many Christian denominations. In the Tridentine Mass it was and is sung after the reading or chanting of the Epistle and before the Alleluia, or, during penitential seasons, before the Tract. In the Mass of Paul VI the gradual corresponds to the Responsorial Psalm. There is the option to replace this psalm with the gradual, but its use is extremely rare. It is part of the Proper of the Mass. Gradual can also refer to a book collecting all the musical items of the Mass. The official such book for the Roman Rite is the Roman Gradual. Other such books include the Dominican Gradual.
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Rank popularity for the word 'gradual' in Adjectives Frequency: #994
The numerical value of gradual in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of gradual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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It offers compelling evidence that gradual reduction should be considered to facilitate quitting.
We think our internationalisation strategy has been gradual without neglecting our role of investing domestically.
The theme in housing market activity remains one of gradual improvement as underlying fundamentals continue to pick up.
The safest road to hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
However gradual the course of history, there must always be the day, even an hour and minute, when some significant action is performed for the first or last time.
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