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antiphon

Edited by F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone

in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Third edition

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780192802903
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199566716
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In the W. Church, sentences, usually from Scripture, recited before and after the *Psalms and *Canticles in the Divine Office. They vary with the season or feast, and are often intended to indicate the spirit in which the (invariable) Psalms and Canticles are sung. They are now recited completely before and after the Psalms or Canticles. The name is also applied to the Four Anthems of Our Lady, sung, according to the season, at the close of ...

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Subjects: Christianity

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