One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short sentence said or sung by the minister in a church service, to which the congregation gives a response.
- ‘Some were satirical epics in the manner of Pope, on the state of British society; others more enigmatic little versicles.’
- ‘This is reflected in the choice of prayers, psalms, versicles, and antiphons.’
- ‘There's a big role for the Precentor or Cantor - he has all the versicles and the choir gives the responses.’
- ‘Pieces like this may have been composed as a sort of trope on that versicle to be sung in the Divine Office.’
- ‘The low woodnotes of a roller served as a substitute for Gloria in Excelsis following our final response to Adam's versicles.’
Middle English: from Old French versicule or Latin versiculus, diminutive of versus (see verse).
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