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Canticle
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[German Version]

(from Lat. canticulum, “little song”): poetic prayer or song from the Bible but outside the Psalter. Of the canticles which have been put to liturgical use, most are from the OT (including apocryphal/deuterocanonical literature), for example “Benedicite, omnia opera domini,” or “The Song of Creation,” which comes from the prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Youths in the Fiery Furnace (Daniel, Additions to). Examples of NT canticles are the three from the Gospel of Luke ( Magnificat , 1:46–55, Benedictus , 1:68–79, Nunc dimittis , 2:29–32).

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Halmo, Joan, “Canticle”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02740>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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