- a little verse.
- Ecclesiastical. a short verse, usually from the Psalms, said or sung by the officiant, after which the congregation recites a response.Compare response(def 3a).
Origin of versicle
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Examples from the Web for versicle
And at the end of what seemed to be a versicle of his chant he called Bluebeard.Stories of Comedy
"I only chanted a versicle from one of the Psalms," he explained.The Spanish Brothers
And the versicle, 'Glory be to the Father,' etc., is then said.Churches and Church Ornaments
Every versicle—well do we remember it—concluded with the exordium, “Damn their eyes!”A Cursory History of Swearing
It consists of three texts describing the mystery, recited as versicle and response alternately with the salutation "Hail, Mary!"
- a short verse
- a short sentence recited or sung by the minister at a liturgical ceremony and responded to by the choir or congregation
C14: from Latin versiculus a little line, from versus verse
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