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The Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary, beginning "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" (My soul does magnify the Lord). Mary first recited it on her visit to Elizabeth after the Annunciation and her conception of Christ. It is included in the Roman Breviary, daily chanted at Vespers, and solemnly recited on other occasions.