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Faith Daily | 22 December 2021

PRAYER of the DAY - Advent Four APBA p 468

Almighty God,

you have made us and all things to serve you:

come quickly to save us,

so that wars and violence shall end

and your children may live in peace,

honouring one another with justice and love;

through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,

who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 1: 46-56

46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” 56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Pamela Davey

The New Oxford Bible reference to this passage ‘The Magnificat’ – so called from the Latin translation of “magnifies” is based largely on Hannah’s prayer (1 Samuel 2: 1-10).

Richard Rohr tells us that the Magnificat is the first of four hymns in Luke’s infancy narrative. The Magnificat is a beautiful hymn of divine praise, is very likely a Jewish Christian community hymn of anawim spirituality. For Richard Rohr this means ‘When you have power, you can change and control things; when you are powerless, you have to transform things.’ People on the bottom of the system are usually much more ready to hear the word of God.

For me when I read this hymn, I can see dancing in divine love. Getting ready for the One who is coming. I wonder what you see?

FINAL PRAYER: is the Song of Mary from the Prayerbook

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord: my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, Who has looked with favour on his lowly servant: from this day all generations will call me blessed; The Almighty has done great things for me: and holy is his name.

God has mercy on those who fear him: from generation to generation. The Lord has shown strength with his arm: and scattered the proud in their conceit,

Casting down the mighty from their thrones: and lifting up the lowly. God has filled the hungry with good things: and sent the rich away empty. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel: to remember the promise of mercy, The promise made to our forebears: to Abraham and his children for ever. Glory to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.

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