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Magnificat: Mary’s Magnificent Prayer

Can you imagine the Virgin Mary’s puzzlement and awe when Gabriel, the Angel of God, appeared before her? Then even more puzzling and awesome, the Angel announced that God had chosen her to bear His Son! Immediately, Mary believed him but, naturally, had questions. Gabriel answered, explaining how the Holy Spirit would come upon her or, as many translations say, “overshadow” her. As Mary took this all in, Gabriel went on to tell her something only Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah knew: that the elderly couple would soon have their first child. By then, Elizabeth was only three months away from the birth of a son, who would become known as John the Baptist. But, perhaps because of her age or Zechariah’s temporary muteness as a result of his unbelief or because she didn’t know how people would respond after years of taunting her for being barren – for whatever reason, Elizabeth had kept herself confined for six months. Surely she needed help! And, now with child herself,

The song of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Magnificat My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior! God favored me, His lowly servant, and from this day all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name. In every generation God has mercy on those who awe and honor Him. With strength of arm that can be seen, God scatters the pride of the proud. From high places, He casts down the mighty and lifts the lowly to new heights. God fills with good things those who hunger for Him but sends away those too filled with themselves to know they are empty. God comes to help His people! He remembers well the promise of mercy made to our forefathers and foremothers – to Abraham and the children of God forever. ©2012 Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of Luke 1:46-55