(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’s a gradual decline, so you figure it out as you go along.
It's just a gradual growth process that we kind of have to see through.
An advantage to beginning a little bit earlier is that we might have a more gradual path.
It was prudent to take the first step on the path of gradual normalization of interest rates.
The Internet of Things will be a gradual but undeniably positive development for semiconductors.
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