Psalm: Luke 1:68-79

68Blessed are you, Lord, the | God of Israel,
  you have come to your people and | set them free.
 69You have raised up for us a | mighty Savior,
  born of the house of your | servant David.
 70Through your holy prophets, you promised of old to save us | from our enemies,
  71from the hands of | all who hate us,
 72to show mercy | to our forebears,
  and to remember your | holy covenant.
 73This was the oath you swore to our | father Abraham:
  74to set us free from the hands of our | enemies,
 free to worship you | without fear,
  75holy and righteous before you, all the days | of our life.
 76And you, child, shall be called the prophet of | the Most High,
  for you will go before the Lord to pre- | pare the way,
 77to give God’s people knowledge | of salvation
  by the forgiveness | of their sins.
 78In the tender compassion | of our God
  the dawn from on high shall | break upon us,
 79to shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shad- | ow of death,
  and to guide our feet into the | way of peace.