Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For he hath visited and redeemed his people

Published in 243 hymnals

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Antiphon:
Through the tender mercy of our God,
the dayspring from on high hath visited us.

1. Blessed be the Lord god of Israel,
for he hath visited and redeemed his people;

2. And hath raised up a might salvation
for us in the house of his servant David,

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

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

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

6. to perform the oath which he sware
to our forefather Abraham,
that he would give us,

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

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

9. 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;

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

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

12. 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. [Ant.]

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. [Ant.]

Source: Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S190

Text Information

First Line: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For he hath visited and redeemed his people
Title: Benedictus
Latin Title: Benedictus
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Benedictus. Translations into English of this Song of Zacharias (St. Luke i., 68-79) are given in the various versions of the Holy Scripture, those best known being the Prayer Book version in the Morning Prayer, the A. V. 1611, and the Revised Version of 1881. In addition there are metrical renderings in the form of hymns in the Old Version of Sternhold and Hopkins; the New Version of Tate and Brady, and the following:—
(1) Drayton's Harmony of the Church, 1591; (2) G. Wither's Hymns and Songs of the Church, 1623-31; (3) G. Sandys's Paraphrases on the Psalms, 1636; (4) Simon Ford's Psalms of David, 1688; (5) Bishop Patrick's Psalms of David in Metre, 2nd edition, 1695. [William T. Brooke]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Common Praise (1998) #758a
Common Praise (1998) #758b
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S190Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S191Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S192Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S193Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S194Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S195Text
Include 235 pre-1979 instances



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