In mus. sense, elaborate and continuous setting of the canticles from the Anglican prayer‐book for morning and evening services, or Communion service. The terms Short Service and Great Service were used in 16th and early 17th cents. to distinguish between normal daily service and that for an elaborate special occasion. Tye, Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins, Weelkes, etc. all comp. fine services. Later examples are by Walmisley, S. S. Wesley, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Howells, etc.