"Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David,
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,
Who have been since the world began,

"That we should be saved from our enemies
And from the hand of all who hate us,
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:

"To grant us that we,
Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before
Him all the days of our life.

"And you, child, will be called the
prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face
of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God,

"With which the Dayspring
from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace,"
* Commonly called The Benedictus.