1. a hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out.

Origin of recessional

First recorded in 1865–70; recession1 + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or relating to recession
  1. a hymn sung as the clergy and choir withdraw from the chancel at the conclusion of a church service
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Word Origin and History for recessional

1858, from recession + -al (1). As a noun, "hymn sung while the clergy and choir are leaving church," 1864, with -al (2).

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