Speak Lord: That we may give thanks

Detail Our Lady Salisbury

The Canticle (or New Testament ‘psalm’) that is the responsorial song after the first reading on Sunday comes from St Luke’s Gospel. On this third Sunday of Advent, Mary’s song, the Magnificat prepares us for the final stage of Advent, and for our own thanksgiving for God’s goodness to us.

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.

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

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.

Luke 1:46-50,53-54

  • What are the wonders of God for which you would like to give thanks?
  • Where do you see the justice of God being established? Where does it seem to be lacking?

Photograph is of detail from a figure of Mary, Mother of God, in the Lady Chapel, Salisbury Cathedral. (c) 2010, Allen Morris