Definitions for versicleˈvɜr sɪ kəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ver•si•cleˈvɜr sɪ kəl(n.)
a little verse.
a short verse, usu. from the Psalms, said or sung by the officiant, after which the congregation recites a response.
Category: Prosody, Religion
Origin of versicle:
1350–1400; < L versiculus. See verse
a short verse said or sung by a priest or minister in public worship and followed by a response from the congregation
In poetry, and songs, particularly hymns, one of a series of lines that are shorter than a standard line of 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
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 congregation or choir. For example, in the following opening of the Anglican service of Evening Prayer according to the Book of Common Prayer, the first line is the versicle and the second is the response. In some liturgical books, the symbol "V" or "℣" is used.
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