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  • John Harper
  •  and Peter Le Huray


A term used in the Anglican liturgy to refer to musical settings of the canticles for Matins and Evensong, and to settings of certain parts of the Ordinary of Holy Communion. It is also applied to settings of sentences from the Burial Service. The term apparently derives from earlier Latin usage (‘plenum servitium BMV’ meant ‘the full [as opposed to abbreviated] Office of the BVM’), but is not found in post-Reformation musical sources before the early 17th century....

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