An antiphon usually refers to a syllabic setting of a brief Scriptural text sung before and after a psalm or canticle .
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.
In Mary's canticle , Luke records a text that, like Zechariah's, has little to do with the surrounding text.
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’.
Earlier in the chapter, Hannah recites a canticle not unlike Mary's as she praises God for Samuel and offers him to God.
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 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.
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.
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 Song of Simeon is the third of the poetic songs or canticles that Luke has included in the first two chapters of his Gospel.