• Latin: gradus, step


The response and versicle to the Epistle, so called because at High Mass it was sung on the step of the altar. It ordinarily accentuates something in the Epistle, and is taken, except in rare cases, from Scripture, mostly from the Psalms.

MLA Citation

  • “gradual”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 March 2010. Web. 28 September 2021. <>