One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Christian Church) an anthem said or sung by a soloist and choir after a lesson.
- ‘Prime refers to the Divine Office, the regimen of worship separated into daily ‘hours’ - those psalms, canticles, hymns, responsories, antiphons, and so on, distinct from the mass.’
- ‘The chants set were Vespers responsories, Mass graduals, and alleluias, and perhaps some processional antiphons.’
- ‘What is not said in these notes is that this piece is a responsory, found in most manuscripts on Monday in the first week of Lent.’
- ‘I was introduced to his music by something he probably considered rather minor: a little book of hymns and responsories for the church year.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin responsorium, from Latin respons- ‘answered’ from the verb respondere (see respond).
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