Prayer and Song
The Church of the Visitation – Ein Karem. Israel
The Village of Ein Karem.
The Magnificat appears in mosaics in 40 languages
in the forecourt of the Church of the Visitation.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lordand my spirit exults in God my saviour,because he has looked upon His lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations
will call me blessed.
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is His name
and His mercy reaches from age to age
for those who fear Him.
He has shown the power of His arm.
He has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones
and exalted the lowly.
The hungry He has filled with good things,
the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel His servant.,
mindful of His mercy
according to the promise He made to our ancestors
of His mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.
Team’s HymnThis was commissioned by the Oceania Team to honour and celebrate the
50th anniversary of Teams
Praying the “Magnificat”
1. “My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour”
- Rejoice in every situation (1 Thess 5:18)
- Regularly take stock of blessings received.
- Rediscover celebration – take the time to mark the milestones of life with gratitude and joy
2. “Because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid”
- Understand that God looks upon us lovingly; we are his people.
- God’s look of love transforms us
- Consider how the experience of love, through marriage and other relationships has changed us
- Do we know how to look on each other with love, a love that transforms?
3. “From this day forward all generations will call me blessed”
- Mary represents Israel – God’s people. Do we realise that as a people who have heard God’s word, we are also blessed?
4. “He who is mighty has done great things for me..”
- The wonders of our God … What are the great things the Lord has done for us – in our personal life, our marriage, our communal life?
5. “Holy is his name..”
- Let us reflect on his goodness and respond as Mary – with wonder and love. · There seems to be a special link between the mercy of God and the holiness of his name.
6. “And His mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear Him”
- “hesed” is the Hebrew term used for “mercy” – there is no equivalent in English, but it involves God’s mercy, tenderness, and His love for His people.
- May we become more aware of this divine mercy in our lives
- Have we often been tempted to give up and not press on?
- In our disappointments regarding our children, have we blamed ourselves?
- Be confident of God’s ever present and active mercy whenever feelings of guilt or failure beset us.
“Bless the Lord, o my soul
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Give thanks to the Lord, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds”
May we too show mercy and forgiveness in our relationships with others.
7. “He has shown the power of his arm;
he has routed the proud of heart,
pulled down princes from their thrones
and exalted the lowly”
- The Magnificat depicts a reversal of situations: the poor are exalted, the rich humbled.
- In the tradition of the prophets, this foretells the attitude of the Messiah.
- Jesus shows a marked preference for the poor, the sick and children.
- Mary is one of the “poor” of Yahweh
- She is the echo of their hope, the one he chooses to use to carry out his promise
8. “The hungry he has filled with good things
and the rich sent empty away”
Try to live with the spirit of poverty
While living for each other as couples, live also for others; together we work for the Kingdom of God.
Be active in sharing spiritual riches
As parents, do not be miserly with children through failure to inform, share or spend time with them.
Let us not be counted among the “rich” – hard of heart, greedy, thirsting for power; nor amongst those who consider themselves superior to others.
9. “He has helped Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy,
according to his promise “…
- We have received so much through our journeying together.
- Can we enunciate to our children and other young people the value and joy that comes from faithful love as in marriage?
- The world has a great need for our testimony.
- Who can believe in God’s faithful love if there is no such love in the world?
- Alas for all of us if we fail to share this good news!
10. “of his mercy to Abraham and his descendants forever”
- We are confident of the love of God through the ages,
- and we live in the hope of the completion of his promise in eternity.