Benedictus (bĕnədĭkˈtəs) [key], hymn of Zachary, taken from Luke 1.68–79. It begins in Latin, "Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel" [blessed be the Lord God of Israel]. It is used at funerals and at lauds in the Roman Catholic Church and at morning prayer in the Church of England. Part of the Sanctus is also called Benedictus.
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