Single Card: M4 Our Lady
Single Card: M4 Our Lady
Single Card: M4 Our Lady and bird is a modern illustration.
The illustration is done by Ruth Obbard and used with permission.
On the back there is the prayer commonly known as the Magnificat which is said every evening by those who say the Breviary. It comes from the Gospel of Saint Luke. There are various translations from the Greek. It refers back to the story of the mother of Samuel when God gives her a child after she has been barren for many years. The prayer of Hannah is given in 1 Samuel 2:1-36 Click here to view
From the website ourcatholicprayers.com I have taken this explanation of the prayer (and modified it) and the prayer itself:
The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. It is also known as the Canticle of Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours, a special collection of scripture readings, psalms, and hymns that constitute what is known as the prayer of the church. (Priests and other religious are required to pray sections from the Liturgy of the Hours each day.)
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
on 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.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
After Mary gives her famous consent to becoming the Mother of God, — “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38) — she goes “with haste” (1:39) to help Elizabeth, who is delighted to see her. Our Lady then expresses her joy in the Magnificat.
My soul glorifies (magnifies) the Lord:
Clearly Mary, in hastening to help her cousin, is focused on service to others. In this way she glorifies the Lord in reflecting (and “magnifying”) His goodness and love. And, of course by becoming the Mother of God she will help Him redeem us for our salvation in His Passion!
All generation will call me Blessed
Note that Mary’s joyful claim that “all generations shall call me blessed” in no way takes away from her humility. [It is] in God’s work being done through us.
In this regard, the Magnificat is more than a prayer of praise. It also reminds us about the essential link between humility and holiness. Just as God has “regarded the lowliness of his handmaid” and “has done great things” for Mary in making her the Mother of his Son, so too “he has put down the mighty from their thrones (with his own might!) and has exalted the lowly.”
The line about God filling “the hungry with good things” resonates later in the Gospels when our Lord says “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled” (Matt 5:7). This serves as a reminder for us to “stay hungry” for God’s graces in praying and in reading His word in scripture.
The rich being sent away empty? This line refers to those who live for wealth and power and feel they have everything figured out. These people in, effect wish to be gods rather than God’s. How can our Lord fill those who are already full–of themselves?
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- as described
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