Part of traditional Christian worship service, bet. Epistle and Gospel readings; originally called responsorium or responsorium graduale; it was intoned by the precentor (see Cantor) on the steps (Lat. gradus) of the altar* or ambo* from which the Epistle was read. Texts of the graduals are from Scripture, usually from Ps. In Luth. chs. the gradual may be replaced by a hymn or other fitting music. In many chs. only the Hallelujah* is used. See also Ambrosian Music.
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