Speak Lord: Loving God

IMG_6301 Magnificat in Chinese.jpg

My soul rejoices in my God.

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

My soul rejoices in my God.

The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.

My soul rejoices in my God.

He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy.

My soul rejoices in my God.

Responsorial Psalm for the Third Sunday of Advent
Luke 1:46-50,53-54

The Psalm at Mass tomorrow comes from the New Testament, and would be better termed a Gospel Canticle. However it fulfils the same function in the Liturgy of the Word as does the more usual Psalm: it puts on the lips of the congregation a song which is their response to and (usually) echo of the first reading.

Here Mary gives thanks to God for her particular situation, but it is a song that finds its place in the hearts and on the lips of all God’s children. Mary’s situation is an honoured (if challenging!) one – but each one of us is blessed by God, each one has their own reason for giving thanks.

He leads us to life.

Magnificat in Chinese, at Church of the Visitation. Ein Kerem, Israel. (c) 2012, Allen Morris.


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