Canticle 16 

The Song of Zechariah 
Benedictus Dominus Deus 

Luke 1:68-79 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
  he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
  born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
  and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
  to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, *
  holy and righteous in his sight
  all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
  for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation *
  by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
  the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and 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. 

Created by: Arthur Feather