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Nunc Dimittis
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is the Latin title of the Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29–32), which he sang as Jesus was presented in the temple. Beginning with “[Lord], now you let [your servant] depart,” it is the third of the New Testament canticles in Luke, along with the Benedictus and the Magnificat . In the Roman liturgy, it is sung during the procession after the blessing of candles before mass on the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) and at Compline (Liturgy of the Hours). In many Protestant churches and in the Eastern rites, it is sung at Vespers, and in Anglican churches at Evens…

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Ruff, Anthony William, “Nunc Dimittis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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