“Behold, the people living in darkness have seen a great light. On those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2
Psalm 89:1-26 • Luke 1:46-55 • II Samuel 7:1-16 • Romans 16:25-27 • Luke 1:26-38
This week’s “Apocalypse Song” is the the most Apocalyptic. It is a song sung by an impoverished, fourteen year old, Jewish girl who just happened to be pregnant without the benefit of marriage. Each of these four descriptors put her at an incredible disadvantage in her world. She’s a kid, she’s poor, she’s a female in a male dominated world, she’s a member of a minority religion, and, the worst of all, she has shamed her family and community and her faith in the most ignominious way by showing up pregnant without a husband.
Except, she didn’t shame them at all. She brought honor upon all who knew her, loved, her and raised her.
The Magnificat, or the “Song of Mary”, is beautiful and deserves to be sung year around. It’s not just for Christmas. What Mary sung is coming true in our world today and is yet to be completed in the ages to come.
Here it is:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and 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 the rich he has sent 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.
Here is your collect for the week. This is the last prayer before we welcome the Christmas season!
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a
mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.