The Song of the Virgin Mary (The Magnificat)
|My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant, and from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me: holy is his Name:
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
|He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.He has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant, Israel, for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.
The following explains St. Juliana’s devotion of praying the Magnificat nine times a day to honor the nine months that Christ spent in the womb:
“In honor of the nine months for which the singular Virgin bore the author of our salvation, the only begotten Son of God, in her womb, (Juliana) was accustomed to say the (Magnificat) nine times every day. She admonished persons familiar to and loved by her, that, with their other prayers, they should recite it as many times every day. For she said that it did not seem possible to her that anyone established in the state of grace would not be answered by the intercession of the glorious Virgin, regarding any request pertaining to the salvation of his soul, who, when brought forth in a voice of exultation the words, Magnificat anima mea Dominum and what follows, renewed to the same Virgin the joy she then had, as many times daily as she carried the Son of God in her happy womb.”
“Acta Sanctorum (Acts of the Saints) is an encyclopedic text in 68 folio volumes of documents examining the lives of Christian saints, in essence a critical hagiography, which is organized according to each saint’s feast day. It begins with two January volumes, published in 1643, and ended with the Propylaeum to December published in 1940.”
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