The Cradle of Prayer Canticle Tutorials
In chanting the rhythms of natural speech are essential. The notes of a chant tune have no time value of their own only the rhythm of the syllables. Listen to the cantor (singer) sing the verses, notice the strong and weak stress of syllables, and follow the line “|” which establishes the change of the notes in the melody.
Morning Prayer – Benedictus es, Domine
“Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our Fathers”. The Benedictus es, Domine is one of the canticles sung in each service of Morning Prayer. The words are as follows:
Blessed art thou, O Lord | God of our fathers; praised and exalted above | all forever
Blessed art thou for the | Name of thy Majesty; praised and exalted above | all forever.
Blessed art thou in the temple | of thy holiness; praised and exalted above | all forever.
Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and dwellest be | tween the Cherubim; praised and exalted above | all forever.
Blessed art thou on the glorious | throne of – thy kingdom; praised and exalted above | all forever.
Blessed art thou in the firma | ment of heaven; praise and exalted above | all forever.
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son, and | to the Holy Ghost;.
As it was in the beginning, is now and | ever shall be, world without | end. Amen.
The following canticles are from the “Hymnal 1940 Standard Harmony edition”:
Benedictus #623 – Benedictus #623
Benedictus #626 – Benedictus #626
The following canticles are from a traditional Anglican Book of chants:
Benedictus #86 – Benedictus #86
Benedictus #93 – Benedictus #93
Benedictus #120 – Benedictus #120
Benedictus #135 – Benedictus #135