I attended a ceremony held at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome on 07/12/2021, and the last chant really impressed me, but I have no clue on how to go to find it. I tried searching an enormous list of Gregorian chants online, but nothing.

I also cannot understand the words, and so I ran out of ideas on where to go from here...

This is the link to the small segment I recorded: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yuM8OF7bIVDzRSvOum7OkEudP5V0xjn1/view?usp=sharing

Can anyone help me here? Any ideas where should I look to find it?

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I have no clue on how to go to find it

The main clue is to discern the underlying Latin text.

I also cannot understand the words

Me either ! But one doesn't have to be a Latin scholar to discern a spiritus meus in the lyrics.

Any ideas where should I look to find it?

The main idea is to get your hands on a searchable Latin bible.

Putting these three together, we finally arrive, after a few minutes of brainstorming, to the Vulgate version of:

Luke 1:47-48 et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo. Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae: ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.

which is obviously part of the Magnificat.

  • Perhaps Latin.SE would have been a better fit for this particular type of questions ?
    – user46876
    Commented Dec 13, 2021 at 21:48
  • Personally, I'd love to know what setting this is. It isn't any of the several settings with which I'm familiar. (That said, I probably don't want to know how many settings of the Magnificat exist 🙂.)
    – Matthew
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 15:14

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