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Benedictus (bĕnədĬk´təs), 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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Benedictus.
1. In the RC Mass, the Benedictus qui venit, i.e. simply the words ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord’, which complete the Sanctus section of the Mass.

2. The song of Zacharias (Luke I. 68 et seq.). ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel’, which is sung daily at Lauds in RC churches and in the Eng. Prayer Book occurs in the Order for Morning Prayer.

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Benedictus. Title of two Christian liturgical hymns. 1. The song of Zechariah (Luke 1. 68–79). 2. The ‘Benedictus qui Venit’, forming the end of the Sanctus at the eucharist (‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’).

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Benedictus an invocation beginning Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini (Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord) forming a set part of the Mass.