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A response is the second half of one of a set of preces, the said or sung answer by a congregation or choir to a versicle said or sung by an officiant or cantor. In the following opening of the Anglican service of Morning Prayer according to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), the first line is the versicle and the second is the response (represented by O for the Officiant and P for the People).
- O: O Lord, open thou our lips
- P: And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.