Read: Isaiah 61:10-11, Psalm 34, Galatians 4:4-7, and Luke 1:46-55
Today is one of several days that the Church celebrates the life and ministry of the blessed Virgin Mary. The Gospel reading is her song, called the Magnificat (the first word of the passage in Latin).
We’ve had the Magnificat several times this year, and each time our emphasis has been to try to memorize it and then use it as our prayer. If you haven’t yet done so, today is a great opportunity. If you have memorized it, then recite it now. Use it as your song of praise to God. You may also find the following prayer helpful:
O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.