Canticles and Congregational Service Music
The Episcopal liturgy can be a musical experience – and sometimes a little daunting for those new to the Anglican church. According to Wikipedia, a canticle (from the Latin canticulum, a diminutive of canticum, song) is a hymn (strictly excluding the Psalms) taken from the Bible. Especially at Morning and Evening Prayer and Evensong (a sung version of Evening Prayer), parts of the service are set to music and sung by the choir and congregation. Below you will find audio files of some of the canticles most often used at St. Paul’s, Ivy. All of these are found in the 1982 Hymnal (the blue book) in the front section – the “S” section – before the hymns.