38 A THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH
Benedictus Domine

1 Blessèd be the Lord, the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
2 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,*
born of the house of his servant, David.
3 Through his holy prophets, he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
   from the hands of all that hate us;
4 He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
5 This was the oath he swore to our father, Abraham,*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
6 Free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight,
    all the days of our life.
7 You, my child,
    shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
8 To give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
9 In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
    and the shadow of death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory . . . Luke 1. 68-79

38 B THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH (ELLC translation)
Benedictus Domine

1 Blessèd are you, Lord, the God of Israel,*
you have come to your people and set them free.
2 You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,*
born of the house of your servant, David.
3 Through your holy prophets, you promised of old*
to save us from our enemies,
   from the hands of all who hate us,
4 To show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember your holy covenant.
5 This was the oath you swore to our father, Abraham,*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
6 Free to worship you without fear,*
holy and righteous before you,
    all the days of our life.
7 And you, child,
    shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
8 To give God’s people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of their sins.
9 In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
    and the shadow of death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory . . . Luke 1. 68-79