ANTIPHONY (Gr. ἀντί, and φωνή, a voice), a species of psalmody
in which the choir or congregation, being divided into two parts,
sing alternately. The peculiar structure of the Hebrew psalms
renders it probable that the antiphonal method originated in the
service of the ancient Jewish Church. According to the historian
Socrates, its introduction into Christian worship was due to
Ignatius (died 115 A.D.), who in a vision had seen the angels
singing in alternate choirs. In the Latin Church it was not
practised until more than two centuries later, when it was
introduced by Ambrose, bishop of Milan, who compiled an
antiphonary, or collection of words suitable for antiphonal
singing. The antiphonary still in use in the Roman CatholicChurch was compiled by Gregory the Great (590 A.D.).
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