Starting tomorrow I will begin posting the Advent Antiphons, a small part of the rich heritage of the Church as it celebrates this season. The antiphons, which date from the 12th century, were originally written to be sung opposite the Virgin’s song of praise, the Magnificat. So, to set the mood, as it were, for the next week of posts…
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.
His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.