The alternate singing or chanting by two sides of the choir and congregation, each taking a verse in turn. This mode of rendering the music of the Church is of very ancient origin; it prevailed in the ancient Jewish worship as the antiphonal structure of the Psalms indicates. It is a reproduction of the heavenly worship as described by Isaiah, "And one cried unto another and said." It seems to be also a practical following out of the admonition, "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Col. 3:16.)

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • antiphonal — (adj.) 1719, from ANTIPHON (Cf. antiphon) + AL (Cf. al). Related: Antiphonally …   Etymology dictionary

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  • antiphonal — antiphon ► NOUN ▪ a hymn or psalm sung in alternate verses by two groups. DERIVATIVES antiphonal adjective. ORIGIN from Greek antiph na harmonies …   English terms dictionary

  • antiphonal — I. noun Date: 1537 antiphonary II. adjective Date: 1719 of, relating to, or suggesting an antiphon or antiphony • antiphonally adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antiphonal — antiphonally, adv. /an tif euh nl/, adj. 1. pertaining to antiphons or antiphony; responsive. n. 2. an antiphonary. [1685 95; ANTIPHON + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

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