Canticle of Zachary

Author: Ruth C. Duck

Ruth C. (Carolyn) Duck is Professor of Worship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Duck received her ThD in Theology and Liturgy from Boston University School of Theology in 1989. Her primary research interests include baptism, liturgical healing, liturgy and culture, and feminist study of liturgy. She was the President of the North American Academy of Liturgy in 2007 and served on the Academy Committee, 2006-2009. Her current project is a textbook on worship, Worship for the Whole People of God (to be published by Westminster Knox, forthcoming).  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now bless the God of Israel
Title: Canticle of Zachary
Latin Title: Benedictus
Author: Ruth C. Duck
Meter: D
Source: Benedictus
Language: English
Copyright: © 1992 GIA Publications, Inc.



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