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(a Latin loan word from the Greek ἀντιφωνή/antiphonē: “sounding with”) in western liturgical chant generally indicates: 1. a short chant to a prose text usually sung before and after a psalm or canticle, but sometimes interspersed with them; 2. a devotional chant in honor of Mary (Maria antiphon), generally associated with the office of Compline; and 3. a chant for processions on major feast days (processional antiphon). In eastern practice the term denotes parts of the liturgy that are …

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Flynn, W.T., “Antiphon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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