Robert P. Imbelli February 2, 2013 - 7:40am
It is a source of wonder that the first few pages of the Gospel according to Saint Luke present three prayer/canticles that have framed and oriented the Church's day for almost two thousand years:
"Benedictus:" "The dawn from on high shall break upon us.""Magnificat:" "My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.""Nunc dimittis:" "My eyes have seen your salvation."
The last one, of course, associated with today's feast.Here is Fra Angelico's depiction in a cell in the Convento di San Marco (with thanks to JRP):