43 A SONG OF GOD’S GRACE
Benedictus Deus

Refrain: The glorious grace of God*
is freely bestowed on us in the Belovèd.
1 Blessèd are you,
   the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,*
for you have blest us in Christ Jesus
   with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
2 You chose us to be yours in Christ
   before the foundation of the world,*
that we should be holy and blameless before you.
3 In love you destined us to be your children,
   through Jesus Christ,*
according to the purpose of your will,
4 To the praise of your glorious grace,*
which you freely bestowed on us in the Belovèd.
5 In you, we have redemption
   through the blood of Christ,*
the forgiveness of our sins,
6 According to the riches of your grace,*
which you have lavished upon us.
7 You have made known to us, in all wisdom and insight,*
the mystery of your will,
8 According to your purpose
   which you set forth in Christ,*
as a plan for the fullness of time,
9 To unite all things in Christ,*
things in heaven and things on earth.
Glory . . . Ephesians 1. 3-10
The glorious grace of God*
is freely bestowed on us in the Belovèd.