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1 A Bible hymn (other than a psalm) as used in the liturgy of a Christian church. In the RC Church the Canticles drawn from the New Testament are called the Evangelical Canticles or Major Canticles, in distinction from those drawn from the Old Testament, which are called the Minor Canticles.

2 Concert work with (usually but not exclusively) religious text, particularly favoured by Britten (see below).

Subjects: Music — Christianity.

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