An antiphon (from the Greek for “opposite voice”) is a sort of refrain sung by the choir when a psalm is chanted, or sung by the people when the choir chants the psalm. In prior times Sundays were sometimes known/named by/for the antiphon sung on that day, and in Advent a series of antiphons (The Great Advent Antiphons, or the “O” antiphons—named for the fact that each begins with the word “O”) marks the progression of the season.

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