Tag: Magnificat

Mindfulness, Mercy, and Remembering (An Advent Reflection)

Advent, contemplation, Lectionary, Scripture, spirit, Spirituality
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46b-55) In reading the M
The Magnificat (an Advent Reflection)

The Magnificat (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, Art, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Our host today is Julie Adams. I give to you an artistic rendition of "The Magnificat" based on Luke 1:46-55. For more about Julie, please scroll to the end. The Magnificat ... The Annunciation and Magnificat from Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen ... 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
Mary’s Story

Mary’s Story

Christianity, Creativity, Spirituality
Mary's story as told to Terri Stewart. Oh my goodness!  Have I got a story to tell you today.  I suppose it happened towards the end of August, or maybe it was the beginning of September…anyway, it doesn't really matter.  It was in the Jewish month of Elul—the sixth month of the year. I was just working at home, washing dishes.  You know, chores never end! I was looking out the window and I saw Joseph, my fiance. He was being hassled by a Roman soldier. Here in Galilee, we are at the intersection of many trade routes. And with so many foreign people coming through the area, we get exposed to lots of radical ideas—I have to say, I agree with them! Plus, I am a devout, Jewish woman and I believe we should follow God's command that we are to care for the widow, the orphan, and the stranger