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                                                                  A guide to church services
Other parts of the Bible are also sometimes sung as canticles. These include several passages which were probably sung in the first centuries of the Christian Church and which the writers of the New Testament included in their books, e.g. The Song of Christ’s Glory (Philippians 2: 5–11), Great and Wonderful (Revelation 15: 3–4), and also some important passages from the Old Testament, e.g. The Song of Moses and Miriam (Exodus 15).
Canticles are sometimes sung by the choir in a specially composed setting. A composer will sometimes set all the canticles for Morning or Evening Prayer, often in the same key. So ‘Stanford in A’ refers to Stanford’s canticle settings in A major for Morning and Evening Prayer.

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