THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS
Sung by Mary about nine months before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Magnificat is effectively the first Christmas song in recorded history. And it is easily one of the most exalted.
Stunned by the grace of God in bringing salvation into the world through her Child, Mary’s heart is unable to contain her joy and this song is the result:
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.
– Luke 1:46-55
Starting Sunday, 10am on December 2nd, join Risen Hope at John Muir Elementary in Kingsgate, as we begin to explore this incredible passage in the Gospel of Luke, and discover with us the glory of Christmas. Directions below!