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A response, or respond, 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.
- Versicle: ℣, a letter V crossed by a vertical line — Unicode U+2123 ℣ VERSICLE, HTML entity
- Response: ℟, a letter R crossed by a vertical line — Unicode U+211F ℟ RESPONSE, HTML entity
- Webb, Stephen (2018). "Versicle - ℣". Clash of Symbols: A ride through the riches of glyphs. Springer. p. 40. ISBN 9783319713502. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
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