Praised be the God of IsraelVersifier: Bertus Frederick Polman (1986)
Tune: AN WASSERFLÜSSEN BABYLON
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st. 1 = Luke 1:68-75
st. 2 = Luke 1:76-79
The Song of Zechariah is the second "great" canticle recorded by Luke (1:68-79), well-known as the Benedictus, after its incipit in the Latin Vulgate. Zechariah uttered his song as prophecy and praise upon the naming of his son, John the Baptist. Stanza 1 praises God for bringing deliverance from evil and being true to his word spoken by earlier prophets; stanza 2 addresses John, the forerunner of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would "guide our feet in ways of peace."
Zechariah's reference to "the rising sun" (Luke 1:78) caused the early church to use this canticle in morning services, initially at Lauds, the hour of early morning praise. The song is still used for morning prayer by churches with a tradition of daily prayer services (see PHH 247 for more information on this tradition). Bert Polman (PHH 37) versified Zechariah's song in 1986 specifically for the tune AN WASSERFLÜSSEN BABYLON in an attempt to include a concise paraphrase of this long canticle in the 1987 Psalter Hymnal.
Advent; morning worship services.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 1 of 1)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #213||Song of Zechariah||Praised be the God of Israel||AN WASSERFLÜSSEN BABYLON||Bert Polman||87 87 887 887||Luke 1:68-79; Luke 23:42; Luke 23; Luke 1:79||1987||Biblical Names & Places | David; Advent | ; Christmas | ; Covenant | ; Salvation ||