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Benedictus

In Luke 1:68-79, Zacharias sings a hymn of praise and thanksgiving at the birth of his son, [[John the Baptist]]. 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 [[Church of England]] in the 1662 [[Book of Common Prayer]] in Morning Prayer, where it is known as a Canticle (together with the Te Deum and Benedicite, and the Magnificat and [[Nunc Dimittis]] at Evening Prayer).