Michael Perry’s 1973 setting of the Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79), “Blest Be the God of Israel” is usually paired with MERLE’S TUNE by Hal Hopson. That’s a beautiful tune, but sometimes a hymn needs more brawn than beauty. This new tune has a lot of similarities to the Peruvian Gloria, which could be used as an extended Amen at the end of the song.

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music by Greg Scheer D
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suggested text by Michael Perry, 1973:
Benedictus (Zechariah’s Song) – Blest Be the God of Israel
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