It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
In his Precursor, Saint John the Baptist,
we praise your great glory,
for you consecrated him for a single honor
among those born of women.
His birth brought great rejoicing;
even in the womb he leapt for joy
at the coming of human salvation.
He alone of all the prophets
pointed out the Lamb of redemption.
And to make holy the flowing waters
he baptized the very author of Baptism
and was privileged to bear him the supreme witness
by the shedding of his blood.
And so, with the powers of heaven,
we worship you constantly on earth,
and before your majesty
without end we acclaim: