St. Luke Service

Setting of two evening canticles by Frederick Frahm, the “Song of Mary” (Magnificat) and “Lord Now Let Your Servant Depart in Peace” (Nunc Dimittis), for treble choir and organ.

This recording is performed by the women’s ensemble Las Cantantes of the University of New Mexico on their album entitled ‘My Dancing Day‘ from 2008. Conducted by Canon Precentor Maxine Thevenot and accompanied by organist Iain Quinn at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque.

The Song of Mary
Magnificat anima mea
Luke 1:46-55

Ad Mary said:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Song of Simeon
Nunc Dimittis
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Frederick Frahm, Composer · St. Luke Service: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

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