• Latin: versiculus = a little line


A short sentence or phrase recited or sung by the celebrant at a liturgical ceremony and responded to by the choir or congregation. In missals and other books, it is indicated by a V with the response indicated by R. For example,

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

MLA Citation

  • “versicle”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 September 2010. Web. 13 October 2015. <>