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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia

Antiphonal

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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.)

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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Antiphonal'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/a/antiphonal.html. 1901.

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