There are no stupid questions


… Except this one!

I was just having a squiz at the Angelus at and was wondering if anyone can tell me what the “V” and the “R” stand for in front of different parts of the prayer.

I’ve also seen various other letters while reading through the tridentine Mass: “M” and “S” among others. I assume one is the priest but as there is no explanation i’m somewhat confused.

Any takers?

Thanks in advance,





I have always heard them called Versicle and Response.

Here is a source:
and another:


Yes, from the Latin.


Versicle. Response.
Sacerdos. Minister (that is to say, priest and server)


What in the world is a squiz? :smiley:


On a related note: this website has excellent fonts supporting the versicle and reponse icons. :slight_smile:


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