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Magnificat / Canticle of Mary • Prayers for Catholic Kids

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(Art: Canticle of Mary, by Jen Norton)


The Canticle of Mary is the first prayer of the Church, a paradoxical prayer of triumph through humility that leads us to Christ. It is Mary’s own prayer, which Luke uses to frame the meaning of the entire Gospel. And when we make it our prayer, too, it calls us to recognize God’s saving work in our lives; teaches us the true meaning of humility; and invites us to give birth to Christ by submitting our will to God’s.

The Magnificat is prayed during evening prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours; try praying it out loud with your kids for a week. Before long, they’ll have memorized this ultimate Marian prayer:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor 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.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

[ Related: Why Not the Magnificat? Mary’s Song of Humble Joy Ought to Be Our Song, Too ]

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3 Responses

  1. mark.disciullo@gmail.com'
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    I love this.

  2. themannimama@gmail.com'
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    Hi there! I really love this blog and visit often for inspiration! Thank you for your work here. I didn’t see any mention of the displayed artwork showing the Magnificat, and love Jen Norton’s work. This particular piece is hanging in my daughters room! I was hoping you could label it with her name and perhaps even her website? Such beautiful sacred art!! Thanks so much!

    • Jerry Windley-Daoust
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      Good point, Lauren, about the credit for Jen. We’ve worked with her for years now and love her stuff, too — we’ve credited her elsewhere on the site, but she should have been credited here, too. thanks for bringing that oversight to my attention.

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