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A prayer based on the Magnificat

O Mighty and Holy God, my Saviour,
Look with favour on me, Your servant.
Keep me in the fear of You, so that I may receive all things as a gift of Your mercy.
Humble me, so that you can lift me up.
Empty me, so that You can fill me with good things.
Bind me to all those who through the ages have put their trust in Your promises,
so that together with Mary and Your faithful people,
my spirit will rejoice in You and my soul delight to declare Your Glory. Amen

Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

1    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

    my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;  

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2    From this day all generations will call me blessed;  

the Almighty has done great things for me

    and holy is his name.

3    He has mercy on those who fear him,  

from generation to generation.

4    He has shown strength with his arm  

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5    Casting down the mighty from their thrones  

and lifting up the lowly.

6    He has filled the hungry with good things  

and sent the rich away empty.

7    He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,  

to remember his promise of mercy,

8    The promise made to our ancestors,  

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55


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