from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A series of antiphons and responses, expressing the sorrowful remonstrance of our Lord with his people; -- sung on the morning of the Good Friday in place of the usual daily Mass of the Roman ritual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Antiphons and responses which on Good Friday are substituted for the usual mass of the Roman ritual.
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