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Benedictus

Benediction:

In the earliest days of the church, there was no “Protestant” or “Catholic” in the denominational sense. There was just “Church”. There were five (or 6 if the Benedictus is separated from the Sanctus) parts that took place in every church service:

        1. Kyrie

First, I was made aware of my sin and cried out to God (Kyrie).

        2. Gloria

Secondly, I rejoiced mightily when salvation was granted (Gloria).

        3. Credo

Third, I have spent my life since then studying the Word of God in order to determine just WHAT I believe (Credo).

       4. Sanctus

In response to the study of the Word, we worship (Sanctus) and reflect.

       5. Benedictus

As we prepare to leave, we are blessed (Benediction)

       6. Agnus Dei

And we go into the world to declare the “Lamb of God Who Takes Away the Sin of the World” (Agnus Dei).

To Summarize:

Kyrie: The penitent’s prayer

Gloria: Glory to God in the highest…

Credo: I believe in the Father…

Sanctus: Holy Holy Holy

Benedictus: Blessing

Agnus Dei: O Lamb of God

 

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Written By:

Paige Garwood

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