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n. Christianity
1. The canticle beginning Magnificat anima mea Dominum ("My soul doth magnify the Lord").
2. A musical setting of this canticle.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin magnificat, it magnifies, third person sing. present tense of magnificāre, to magnify, extol; see magnify.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46-55), used as a canticle
[from the opening phrase in the Latin version, Magnificat anima mea Dominum (my soul doth magnify the Lord)]


(mægˈnɪf ɪˌkæt, -ˌkɑt; mɑgˈnɪf ɪˌkɑt, mɑnˈyɪf-)

1. the canticle of the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:46–55.
2. a musical setting for this.
[1150–1200; < Latin: (it) magnifies (the first word of the hymn)]
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Noun1.Magnificat - (Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')Magnificat - (Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
Gospel According to Luke, Gospel of Luke, Luke - one of the four Gospels in the New Testament; contains details of Jesus's birth and early life


[mægˈnɪfɪkæt] NMagníficat m
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His ears had caught Agnes's step at the stair-head and presently she passed us on her way to the music room humming the Magnificat.
With rehearsals in full swing, the society is offering John Rutter's Magnificat on Saturday, April 21, with its choir, the Ellesmere Port Sinfonia and soloists all conducted by music director Lloyd Buck, above.
The Magnificat is Mary's personal expression of praise to God and proclamation of His gracious work to her and to all God's people.
Jeffrey Skidmore chose Bach's two bestknown Luther settings, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott and Christ lag in Todesbanden, to partner the stunning Magnificat in D that came after the interval.
Using historical and biblical background, Alborghetti pieces together a narrative to help you read and pray each verse of The Magnificat as you never have before.
Another example is magnificat, the canticle of the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:46-55 whose name comes from the first word of the canticle: "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" (My soul magnifies the Lord).
It was followed by the composer's popular Magnificat, which is a beautifully controlled, lyrical composition.
That was certainly the case in his Nunc Dimittis which, along with the Magnificat, is at the centre of the Anglican Mass, the Evensong.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Jesu Meine Freude will be sung in its English version, while the society will also sing Mendelssohn's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, again in English.
It was then that the Benedictus, the Magnificat, and the Nunc Dimittis became sources of consolation and strength.
The Baroque music of Magnificat will be performed on March 28 in Birmingham Cathedral, St Phillip's on Colmore Row.
He sets the Magnificat into the context of Luke's beatitudes and similar motifs in Luke, while he interprets the Nunc Dimittis in its immediate subsequent context.