The Benedictus

The Song of Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist, Luke 1.

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

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

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

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

to perform the mercy promised | to ( our ) fa- thers,*
and to remember His | ho- ly ( cov- e- ) nant;

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

that we being delivered out of the hand | of ( our en- ) e- mies*
might | serve Him ( with- out ) fear,

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

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

to give knowledge of salvation un- | to ( His ) peo- ple*
by the re- | mis- sion ( of their ) sins,

through the tender | mer- ( cy of ) our God;*
whereby the Dayspring from on high hath | vis- it- ( ed ) us;

to 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 ( Ho- ly ) Ghost;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and | ev- ( er ) shall be,*
world | with- out ( end. A- ) men.