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Monday, June 2, 2008

The Magnificat

Well, my first post :), and I just want to open it with this beautiful prayer by our Lady, the Magnificat. I love this prayer :)

If you read the Catena Legionis in the right side of this blog, below the Legionary Promise, it basically is the Magnificat. "Magnificat anima mea Dominum.., My soul glorifies the Lord.. "
It is a song, a canticle, which our Mother sung upon the occasion of her visitation to her cousin, Elizabeth, after She got the news that She will be the Mother of God.

Can you imagine when an Angel comes to you and telling you that you would be the Mother of God? (well, personally I also dont know what would I do.. :P).. Let's take a detour imagining for a while... One may be hyperhappy...the other may be very afraid, doubtful, speechless..... another may be trying to escape, don't want to take the trouble..., feeling confused... one may be proud of that privilege... one may....

And our Lady responsed, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto Me according to Thy word.."

She went to visit her cousin who were also pregnant during that time,
and she expressed everything that has happened, that She pondered in Her heart, singing the Maginificat - My soul glorifies the Lord - , a song of trust, full of gratefulness and love to God, and also a song of humility..

Here is a summary of Pope Benedict XVI's comentary on the Magnificat which he delivered on an audience at 16/2/06

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we bring to a conclusion the cycle of reflections, begun by my beloved predecessor Pope John Paul II, on the Psalms and canticles found in the Liturgy of the Hours. We do so with a meditation on the Magnificat, which extols the biblical poor, the "anawim," who live in deep humility of heart and openness to God's saving grace. They are free from pride and detached from aspirations to human greatness.

The first part of the canticle portrays Mary rejoicing in the grace which has come into her heart and her life. She does this in a personal way, but is aware also of her mission to all humanity. The second part places Mary's words of praise in harmony with the whole history of the faithful. They celebrate the surprising choices of God who "scatters the proud-hearted" … "casts the mighty from their thrones" … "fills the starving with good things." Let us conclude by associating ourselves with the invitation of the great St. Ambrose: "May each one of us glorify the Lord with the soul of Mary and rejoice in God with the spirit of Mary."

[The Pope then greeted pilgrims in several languages. In English, he said:]

I am happy to offer a warm welcome to all the English-speaking visitors and pilgrims present at today's audience. I extend particular greetings to the groups from England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and the United States of America. May your time in Rome strengthen your faith and renew you love for the Lord and his Blessed Mother. May God bless you all!

Here is the full version.

In any occasion, in our daily struggle, in all circumstances, let's remember that God is our Father and because of that, together with our Lady, our heart will go on singing... "My soul glorifies the Lord.. "

God bless!

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