Mary responded, “Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For God took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation forever shall call me blest of God. For God, the mighty Holy One, has done great things to me. God’s mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who reverence God.
“How powerful is God’s mighty arm! How God scatters the proud and haughty ones! God has torn princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. God has satisfied the hungry hearts and sent the rich away with empty hands. And how God has helped his servant Israel! God has not forgotten his promise to be merciful. For God promised our fathers—Abraham and his children—to be merciful to them forever.”
The Magnificat is no gentle hymn, however often it’s been sung by choir boys at evensong. It’s a fiery manifesto, declaring not only the birth of a baby, but the birth of a whole new world order. And the one proclaiming it is not one meek and mild but a mighty prophet.
-Rev. Daniel Brereton
What song will you sing about God’s work in your life and in our world?
In your own words, why is the Magnificat a “fiery manifesto”?
This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Daniel Brereton. It was produced by Jim Keat. Background tracks include Relinquish, Saltines, No Solace, and Mortality by Podington Bear.
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