One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A hymn or chant, typically with a biblical text, forming a regular part of a church service.
- ‘In a psalter the Psalms are often preceded by a calendar and contain ancillary texts such as canticles, creeds, a litany of saints, and other individual prayers, hymns, and occasionally even the hours of the Virgin.’
- ‘The final two canticles set texts by TS Eliot: The Journey of the Magi and The Death of Saint Narcissus.’
- ‘Themes of emigration, pilgrimage, diaspora, exile and new homelands are woven into the psalms and canticles.’
- ‘The formal part of the wedding (the vows and rings) came first, and the usual particulars of evensong followed - Rose responses, a psalm to Anglican chant, Gibbons Second Service canticles, and a few hymns.’
- ‘The last canticle we sang every night was the Magnificat, the hymn of praise that Mary sang when Gabriel announced to her that she would bear a son who would redeem Israel at last.’
- ‘Everything necessary for daily observance is here: church season prayers, saints' days, canticles, selected psalms, and a 30-day cycle of New Testament readings.’
- ‘The four daily services are based very closely on The Book of Common Prayer, with psalms and canticles wisely chosen from the breadth of the whole tradition.’
- ‘At St Anne's in neighbouring Strathfield he responded to Anglican ‘matins and evensong, the canticles, the psalms, the hymns, the Bible readings’, and became a choirboy.’
- ‘Earlier in the chapter, Hannah recites a canticle not unlike Mary's as she praises God for Samuel and offers him to God.’
- ‘Not long after the war was born a desire in Howells to compose settings of the Anglican canticles, the first of which was the wondrously beautiful Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for King's College, Cambridge.’
- ‘An antiphon usually refers to a syllabic setting of a brief Scriptural text sung before and after a psalm or canticle.’
- ‘Only a few of the twenty-one canticles have been found to be useful by pastors and church musicians.’
- ‘In Mary's canticle, Luke records a text that, like Zechariah's, has little to do with the surrounding text.’
- ‘They are often based on the Bible but, unlike canticles such as the ‘Magnificat’ or ‘Nunc Dimittis’, they are not settings of biblical texts.’
- ‘The whole liturgy is sung, the characteristic deep Russian bass of the priest alternating with canticles by the choir.’
- ‘The Song of Simeon is the third of the poetic songs or canticles that Luke has included in the first two chapters of his Gospel.’
- ‘I also vividly remember attending the BBC Symphony Orchestra premieres of Stravinsky's Requiem canticles and Boulez's Eclat, in which she took a leading part.’
- ‘The composer not only utilises the biblical canticle attributed to Mary but the text is also made up of the poem, ‘Of a Rose, a lovely Rose’ and at its conclusion we come across the ‘Sancta Maria’.’
- ‘Subtitled ‘Overture on Liturgical Themes,’ it is based on the Obikhod, a collection of Russian Orthodox canticles, biblical texts, and hymns.’
- ‘Much less well educated than the lay society at Thagaste, which broke up on Augustine's departure, the Hippo brothers daily chanted the Psalter and biblical canticles.’
2another name for Song of Songs (especially in the Vulgate Bible)
Middle English: from Latin canticulum ‘little song’, diminutive of canticum, from canere ‘sing’.
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