In Luke 1:68-79, Zacharias sings a hymn of praise and thanksgiving at the birth of his son,. In form it is a typical OT Psalm in two parts: the first praises God for the fulfilment of promises which are recounted, the second is addressed to the child in whom these promises will be fulfilled. This psalm is used liturgically in the Roman Catholic Church at Lauds, and in the in the 1662 in Morning Prayer, where it is known as a Canticle (together with the Te Deum and Benedicite, and the Magnificat and at Evening Prayer).
BENEDICTUS ben’ ə dik’ təs (Latin benedicare, meaning blessed; Gr. εὐλογητός, G2329). 1. NT: a technical designation referring primarily to
2. Liturgically it has become part of the Rom. mass as a hymn sung immediately after the consecration of the Eucharist. In a modified form it also appears in the liturgy of the.