SUNDAY – (March 10, 2019)

The Song of Zechariah at the Naming of John the Baptist

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for 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.

And 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 all their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God: the dawn from on high shall break upon us; To shine upon all those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; as in the beginning so now: and forever. Amen. (An Australian Prayer Book (AAPB): 1978)