After Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she was to be the mother of the Son of God and while she was staying with her cousin Elizabeth, Mary chanted or sang a song, the often-called Magnificat. It has been put to music by a number of composers. Johann Sebastian Bach composed the best-known version in the nineteenth century.
In her song, Mary recounts God’s holy deeds and his hopes for her and Jesus. Mary chanted or sang the song with a gracious spirit, for the Mighty One had done a great thing for her.
Because God had been merciful to her, Mary was inspired to sing of being merciful to others, helping the needy, and living a life free of pride. She also comprehended that she and her child were part of something much larger than themselves. She sang about God’s mercy extending “from generation to generation.”
Chant or sing Mary’s song this week. Proclaim rejoicing, thanksgiving, humility, mercy, and holiness.
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their throne but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46-55, NIV)