“In this manner therefore shall you pray.”
THE inspired pages of the Bible contain, in addition to the “Our Father,” some of the finest prayers ever composed. One of the most beautiful is the “Magnificat,” Our Lady’s own hymn of praise and thanksgiving.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid,
for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
toward those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones
and has exalted the lowly.
The hungry He has filled with good things
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has given help to Israel His servant,
mindful of His mercy,
As He promised our fathers,
toward Abraham and his descendants forever.
Information from The Life of Christ “Our Lord’s Life with Lesson in His Own Words for Our Life Today” edited by Reverend John P. O’Connell, MASTD and Jex Martin, MA following mainly A Chronological Harmony of the Gospels by Stephen J Hartdegen OFM NIHIL OBSTAT John A McMahon; IMPRIMATUR Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago.