Day 23 – Strength Training

In between the First and Second Bible readings during Evening Prayer you will sing or read the “The Song of Mary”.

The Song of Mary (Luke 1:46-55), is said after the first reading

46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me– holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”

“The Song of Mary” is also known “The Magnificat”. It is named after the first word of its first line in Latin (“Magnificat anima mea Dominum,” or “My soul magnifies the Lord”). The text is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55) which is the account of an interaction between Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a relative of Mary and is also the wife of Zechariah and the mother-to-be of John the Baptist. When Mary greets Elizabeth (who is pregnant with the future John the Baptist), the child moves within Elizabeth’s womb. Elizabeth then praises Mary for her faith and Mary sings what is now known as the Magnificat in response.

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