(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.
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