Entertainment Music English Translation of the Latin Song "Benedictus" "Benedictus" means "blessed" in Latin Share PINTEREST Email Print Steven Moore / EyeEm / Getty Images Music Classical Music Basics Lyrics Operas Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Aaron Green Music Expert B.A., Classical Music and Opera, Westminster Choir College of Rider University Aaron M. Green is an expert on classical music and music history, with more than 10 years of both solo and ensemble performance experience. our editorial process Aaron Green Updated November 04, 2019 The Benedictus can refer to one of two liturgical prayer songs. It may be just two lines used in the Catholic Mass that are associated with the Sanctus and it also refers to the Canticle of Zechariah. In either instance, "Benedictus" is Latin for "blessed" and English translations have been completed for each song. The Translation of the "Benedictus" In the Catholic Church, the Benedictus refers to a couple of lines that are sung at the conclusion of the Sanctus during the Preface of the Mass. These two pieces are primarily separated in terms of the music and melody used for each. Latin English Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Blessed who comes in name of Lord. Hosanna in excelsis. Hosanna in highest. The "Benedictus" Canticle of Zechariah in Latin The other reference to the "Benedictus" is also called the "Canticle of Zechariah." A canticle is a liturgical prayer song that comes from the Bible. The story for this canticle comes from Luke 1:68–79. It is sung by Zechariah (Zachary) in thanks to God for the birth of his son, John the Baptist. Today, it is used in the Lauds of the Divine Office of the Catholic Church to be sung during morning prayers. A number of other Christian churches also use this song, though it's mostly in English. Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel;quia visitavit et fecit redemptionem plebi suaeEt erexit cornu salutis nobis,in domo David pueri sui,Sicut locutus est per os sanctorum,qui a saeculo sunt, prophetarum eius,Salutem ex inimicis nostris,et de manu omnium, qui oderunt nos;Ad faciendam misericordiam cum patribus nostris,et memorari testamenti sui sancti,Iusiurandum, quod iuravit ad Abraham patrem nostrum,daturum se nobis,Ut sine timore, de manu inimicorum liberati,serviamus illiIn sanctitate et iustitia coram ipsoomnibus diebus nostris.Et tu, puer, propheta Altissimi vocaberis:praeibis enim ante faciem Domini parare vias eius,Ad dandam scientiam salutis plebi eiusn remissionem peccatorum eorum,Per viscera misericordiae Dei nostri,in quibus visitabit nos oriens ex alto,Illuminare his, qui in tenebris et in umbra mortis sedent,ad dirigendos pedes nostros in viam pacis. The Canticle of Zechariah in English The English version of the Benedictus varies slightly depending on the church or prayer book of different Christian denominations. The following version comes from the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) of the Roman Catholic Church. 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 oldthat he would save us from our enemies,from the hands of all who hate us.He promised to show mercy to our fathersand 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 salvationby the forgiveness of their sins.In the tender compassion of our Godthe 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. What Does the Latin Prayer Ave Maria Mean in English? What is the translation of the "Credo"? Salve Regina Latin Text and English Translation Do You Know the English Translation for the "Gloria"? English Translation of the "Sanctus" Text What Does the English Translation of "Agnus Dei" Mean? What Is the English Translation of the "Kyrie" Catholic Prayer? Translation of "Largo Al Factotum" From "The Barber of Seville" What Does the Mozart Aria 'Der Hölle Rache' Mean in English? Beautiful Instrumental Pieces for Wedding Ceremonies What Does 'Panis Angelicus' Mean in English? "Addio Del Passato" Lyrics and Translation What Does Verdi's "Caro Nome" Mean in English? “Com’è bello” Lyrics and Translation Read the Lyrics to One of Giuseppe Verdi's Signature Works 'Casta Diva' Lyrics: What Does the Famous Aria 'Casta Diva' Mean?