American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A psalm or other piece sung as an invitation to prayer in church services, especially at the opening of matins in the Roman office.
- adj. Constituting or containing an invitation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Using or containing invitation.
- n. A form of invitation used in religious worship; something consisting of or containing invitation in church service.
- n. Specifically— A form of exhortation to praise; especially, in the daily office of the Western Church, the variable antiphon to the Venite at matins. In the Anglican matins or morning prayer the versicle “Praise ye the Lord” (founded on the former “Alleluia” or “Laus tibi”), with its response, “The Lord's name be praised,” serves as unvarying invitatory. In the Greek Church the invariable invitatory is the triple “O come, let us worship … (
Δευ%21τε, προσκυνήσ, σ1ωμεν…)” before the psalms at each of the canonical hours.
- n. An early name of the Roman introit.
- n. Any text of Scripture chosen for the day, and used before the Venite or 95th Psalm.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an invitation
- n. music A psalm sung, as an invitation to prayer, at the beginning of some services
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Using or containing invitations.
- n. That which invites; specifically, the invitatory psalm, or a part of it used in worship.
- adj. conveying an invitation
- Middle English invitatorie, from Medieval Latin invītātōrium, from Late Latin invītātōrius, inviting, from Latin invītātus, past participle of invītāre, to invite. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Many, if not most, of these were contrafacts i.e, adapted from existing chants, such as the invitatory antiphons Venite omnes and Regem sepulcrum beati Iacobi.”
“The rest of the standard Prayer Book service -- invitatory "O Gracious Light", Psalm, Apostles' Creed, prayers and collects -- will be sung or chanted.”
“Tam o 'Shanter-like, elated with the contents of the pewter vessels, he nothing either feared or doubted, and off went the lad to the fairy hill; so, being arrived at the base, he was nothing loth to extend his voice to its utmost powers in giving utterance to the above invitatory verses.”
“Don't care if I do, Bill," he continued, in response to Bill's invitatory gesture, walking to the bar.”
“Down one block -- two, three; then a sudden pause before a narrow store front liberally placarded with invitatory signs to the public, and with”
“The couplets of invitatory and collect which occur in the Roman Good Friday service are given with verbal variations in the Gothicum; in both, however, there are other prayers of a similar type and prayers for some of the”
“Placebo, and the Office of Matins, if we exclude the invitatory, begins with the antiphon Dirige.”
“Church Terce is composed of two parts, each made up of psalms (two for the first, three for the second), with invitatory, troparia, and final prayer.”
“In the Greek Church Sext is composed like the lesser hours of two parts; the first includes Pss. liii, liv, xc, with invitatory, tropes, and conclusion.”
“The Sunday Office is made up of the invitatory, hymn, three nocturns, the first of which comprises twelve psalms, and the second and third three psalms each; nine lessons, three to each nocturn, each lesson except the ninth being followed by a response; and finally, the canticle Te Deum, which is recited or sung after the ninth lesson instead of a response.”
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