The Benedictus

To sing this Canticle, see the Psalm Tones. In the Lutheran tradition, when used in the vernacular, the Benedictus is sung to the variant of the Seventh Psalm Tone (Tone VIIb).

The Song of Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist, Luke 1:68–79.

68Blessed be the Lord | God ( of Is- ) raèl;*
for He hath visited and re- | deemed His ( peo- ) ple,

69and hath raised up an horn of sal- | va- ( tion ) for us*
in the house of His | servant ( Da- ) vid;

70as He spake by the mouth of His | ho- ( ly ) prophets,*
which have been | since the ( world be- ) gan:

71that we should be saved | from ( our en- ) emies,*
and from the hand of | all who ( hate ) us;

72to perform the mercy promised | to ( our ) fathers,*
and to remember His | holy ( cove- ) nant;

73the oath which He sware to our | fa- ( ther A- ) braham,*
74that He would | grant un- ( to ) us

that we being delivered out of the hand | of ( our en- ) emies*
might | serve Him ( without ) fear,

75in holiness and righteous- | ness ( be- ) fore Him,*
all the | days of ( our ) life.

76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet | of ( the ) Highest;*
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord | to pre- ( pare His ) ways;

77to give knowledge of salvation un- | to ( His ) people*
by the re- | mission ( of their ) sins,

78through the tender | mer- ( cy of ) our God,*
whereby the Dayspring from on high hath | visit- ( ed ) us,

79to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the | shad- ( ow ) of death,*
to guide our feet in- | to the ( way of ) peace.

Glory be to the Father, | and ( to ) the Son,*
and to the | Holy ( Spir- ) it;
as it was in the beginning, both | now ( and ) ever,*
and unto ages of | ages. ( A- ) men.

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The Benedictus is the daily Evangelical Canticle for Lauds.