EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ANTHEM
Handel's anthem was performed by 80 singers and 100 instrumentalists.
He could hear the music of the organ, and presently the choir began to sing an anthem.
He ended the anthem, as he had commenced it, in the midst of a grave and solemn stillness.
"Certainly not," returned Everard, and so the anthem was omitted.
I want to play the organ on Sunday morning, and he must let us do an anthem.
To hear you in a serious mood would be as sweet as an anthem.
And the Psalmist calls upon the creation to join in the anthem.
The second week that Mr Liversedge was here, he stopped the anthem.
There was an instant when the music was an anthem, and then it too was gone.
The anthem had again a message for Bryda, as on that first Sunday long ago.
Old English ontemn, antefn, "a composition (in prose or verse) sung antiphonally," from Late Latin antefana, from Greek antiphona "verse response" (see antiphon). Sense evolved to "a composition set to sacred music" (late 14c.), then "song of praise or gladness" (1590s). Used in reference to the English national song (technically, as OED points out, a hymn) and extended to those of other nations. Modern spelling is from late 16c., perhaps an attempt to make the word look more Greek.