How to Chant the Nunc dimittis

By |2018-08-13T15:44:51+00:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: Anglican Life|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Nunc Dimittis – also known as the Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32) – is a canticle used in Evening Prayer. Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle.


As you can see in the pagescan from the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal below, I’m chanting #668, a setting written by J. Naylor.

Source: The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America 1940, p. 729.

Please let me know if you have any questions about chanting the Nunc Dimittis. I’m no expert, but I’m happy to help!

As Managing Editor, Joshua is in charge of the day-to-day operations at Anglican Pastor. He is a Transitional Deacon in the Anglican Church in North America, serving at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL. He is also a Ph.D. student in theology at Wheaton College.


  1. Rev. Thomas Anderson MSJ May 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Check out the link below. I attended the Church Musicians Workshop in the clergy track and have to say it was the best “chant-camp” I’ve ever attended. Chanting the Morning, Evening and Compline offices daily for a week, along with daily workshops, quiet time, and fellowship activities leaves you with some confidence that you can lead your congregation into a new/old line of worship music that can be done by any congregation. The Church Musicians Workshop is an intensive five-day residential program which combines the liturgical experience of Nashotah House Theological Seminary with the expertise of renowned veteran church musicians to create a vehicle for professional development and personal enrichment that is unlike any other.

  2. Gregory Tipton August 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for recording this. After searching youtube for hours, I finally found it here. It would be excellent if you could post this on youtube or link it somehow. I’m also interested if you could post up recordings for the settings: #667, 669-672?

    Also! Could you put up a page of the Magnificat settings from the 1940 Hymna?

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