from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A devotional composition sung responsively as part of a liturgy.
- n. A short liturgical text chanted or sung responsively preceding or following a psalm, psalm verse, or canticle.
- n. Such a text formerly used as a response but now rendered independently.
- n. A response; a reply: "It would be truer . . . to see [conservation] as an antiphon to the modernization of the 1950s and 1960s” ( Raphael Samuel).
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- n. A devotional piece of music sung responsively.
- n. A response or reply.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical response; alternate singing or chanting. See antiphony, and antiphone.
- n. A verse said before and after the psalms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A psalm, hymn, or prayer sung responsively or by alternation of two choirs, as in the English cathedral service.
- n. In the liturgy or mass of both the Eastern and Western churches, as well as in the day-hours and other offices, a series of verses from the Psalms or other parts of Scripture, either in their original sequence or combined from various passages, sung as a prelude or conclusion to some part of the service.
- n. A scriptural passage or original composition sung as an independent part of the service, and set to more elaborate music; an anthem.
- n. An echo or a response.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
Vespers consists of five psalms with their antiphons as usual, and the Magnificat, with an antiphon from the Gospel of the day.
I general I would say yes, provided the full antiphon is sung.
The offertory antiphon is also sung periodically and increasingly so as more and more singers can handle the material.
In many daily Masses around the country, where no music appears, there is someone present who often reads the entrance antiphon from the pew, with the rest of the congregation joining in if people find the right page.
In a wider sense the name antiphon was also applied to the
Structurally, in terms of its role in dictating how the office will be chanted, the antiphon is the more important feature.
Here there seems to have been introduced about this time what is now generally called antiphon, i. e., a short melodic composition sung in connexion with the antiphonal rendering of a psalm.
CLXX, 13 sq.), and Durandus: "The antiphon, which is called
The Magnificat antiphon for 2d Vespers from the Discalced Carmelite usage:
Richard Rice put them together in a single file so that it can be sung with the congregation on the antiphon and the schola or soloist singing the verses.