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A liturgical term used to refer to (sometimes spontaneous) responses of people in the congregation to an announcement, a reading or a prayer. These include such occasions as acclaiming candidates for ordination as “worthy,” ratifying the election of a bishop, and permitting the consecration of an abbot, or the coronation of a pope. In recent years, the term has referred especially to congregational responses during the Eucharistic prayer. Such refrains, which have a long tradition…

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White, James F., “Acclamation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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