Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.
An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
A series of steps.
The book containing the principal music sung by the choir during Mass.
Book of hymns originally sung on the steps of a pulpit; a verse or chant, especially from the Psalms, presented after the Epistle at Mass in a Catholic church.
A book containing the choral chants for the proper of the Mass.
the progress of some choirs in learning a new piece music, or especially a piece of new music
hymn sung between the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel
(Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
book containing the music for the mass; a sub-set of the missal
The choir book containing the musical portions of the Mass--the Christian rite in which bread and wine are consecrated and consumed. It takes its name from a chant by the same name performed on the steps ( gradus in Latin) leading to the altar.
Fourth item of the Proper of the Mass, sung in a melismatic style, and performed in a responsorial manner in which soloists alternate with a choir.
an ornate responsorial chant from the mass. It is divided into two sections, the respond and the verse. In the Middle Ages, the respond was repeated in full at the end but in modern practice the gradual is truncated after the verse. A soloist begins each section and the choir enters to conclude the section.
book of the music to be sung in the mass
The Gradual (Latin: graduale, sometimes called the Grail) is a chant in the Roman Catholic Mass, sung after the reading or singing of the Epistle and before the Alleluia, or, during penitential seasons, before the Tract. It is part of the Proper of the Mass.