Lenten Chant Monday

Canticle of Zechariah

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Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

 

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

 

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

 

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

 

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

 

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

 

You, my child,
shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

 

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

 

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

 

To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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