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Canticle (from Lat. canticulum, diminutive of canticum: ‘song’)locked

  • Miloš Velimirović,
  • Ruth Steiner,
  • Keith Falconer
  •  and Nicholas Temperley


A designation for hymns in the scriptures apart from the psalms; it is sometimes applied loosely to the Te Deum and other non-scriptural texts as well as to certain psalms, particularly in the Anglican rite.

Canticles are similar to psalms in form and content and several appear in various Christian rites. Biblical canticles are often referred to as ‘Psalms outside the Psalter’. In the Old Testament there are a number of such hymns, a few of which were used by the Jews both in the Temple and in the Synagogue rites. The most prominent were the Song of Moses (...

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