1A hymn or chant, typically with a biblical text, forming a regular part of a church service.
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- Subtitled ‘Overture on Liturgical Themes,’ it is based on the Obikhod, a collection of Russian Orthodox canticles, biblical texts, and hymns.
- Everything necessary for daily observance is here: church season prayers, saints' days, canticles, selected psalms, and a 30-day cycle of New Testament readings.
- The formal part of the wedding (the vows and rings) came first, and the usual particulars of evensong followed - Rose responses, a psalm to Anglican chant, Gibbons Second Service canticles, and a few hymns.
Middle English: from Latin canticulum 'little song', diminutive of canticum, from canere 'sing'.
Definition of canticle in:
- The British & World English dictionary