Hear my prayer, O Lord:
[The response to that should be: And let my cry come unto you.]
that sort of thing.
A versicle can also be a line of a verse (especially if it's in a hymn) which is shorter than most of the others, as in the last line of:
Where light, and life, and joy, and peace
In undivided empire reign,
And thronging angels never cease
Their deathless strain;
A versicle can also be a short verse:
A longer verse
Is often worse.
so, basically, in that case a versicle is an ickle verse.
Word To Use Today: versicle. The Old French version of this word was versicule, from the Latin versiculus. Yes, which really does mean little verse.