The Song of Zechariah

Benedictus Dominus Deus

Luke 1: 68-79

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *for he hath visited and redeemed his people;

And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us *in the house of his servant David,

As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, *which have been since the world began:

That we should be saved from our enemies, *and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, *and to remember his holy covenant;

To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, *that he would give us,

That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies *might serve him without fear,

In holiness and righteousness before him, *all the days of our life.

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people *for the remission of their sins,

Through the tender mercy of our God, *whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, *and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.