Magnificat days

Magnificat season can be observed in the second half of August beginning with the feast of the Virgin Mary on 15th. It’s not a recognised church season. These prayers may also be suitable for occasions on which Mary, mother of Jesus, is remembered.

A woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!’ But Jesus said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!’
                            [Luke 11:27-8]

As we hear God’s word, Holy Spirit come upon us,
Power of the Most High, overshadow us.
We will treasure these words
and ponder them in our hearts.
              Psalm[s] and reading[s] are announced and read.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
and remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise you made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children for ever
We consider, in the light of scripture, what God calls us to.
              Reflection (together with others where possible), silently and/or aloud. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.
Here we are, servants of the Lord;
let it be with us according to your word.
              After the readings and reflection, a canticle may be said or sung. The most suitable is the following.
A song from scripture based on the Magnificat (The Song of Mary)
My soul proclaims your greatness O Lord;
my spirit rejoices in you O God our Saviour,
You have looked with favour on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call us blessed:
Almighty, you have done great things for us,
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
remembering your promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.

                            Based on the ELLC translation of Luke 1:46-55.

My soul magnifies You, Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
You have looked with favour on this lowly servant.
You have remembered your promise of mercy
              … Songs and/or words of praise and thanksgiving could be shared here…
Almighty, you have done great things for us
and holy is your name.

Show strength with your arm, O God
scatter the proud in the imaginations of their hearts.
Cast down the mighty from their thrones
and lift up the lowly.
              Concerns for the world, the church and individuals are shared …

Fill the hungry with good things
and send the callous rich empty away
              … we consider what we need to continue serving God …

Lest we be scattered from God’s purposes, brought down or sent away empty, let us repent, asking and offering forgiveness.
              Pause for reflection on forgiving and being forgiven.
Have mercy upon us
According to your promises.
God says to all who repent,
‘Do not be afraid, for you have found favour with God.’
              …

Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly.
Let’s pause to give our coming hours over to God’s guiding and keeping
              …
Though we walk in the midst of trouble, O God;
you will preserve us.
You will stretch forth your hand against the fury of our enemies;
your right hand will save us.
Make good your purpose for us;
your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever
forsake not the work of your hands.
Make good your purpose for us.
                            [Ps.138:6-8]
From this day forward may we be called blessed
For the Almighty will have done great things for us.

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Christmas

Christmas prayers reflect the theme of God becoming human. Traditionally, in the West, Christmas starts after sundown on 24 December and lasts until 5 January (Twelth Night) and the season of Epiphany begins on 6 January. However, there is a mismatch now between wider secular society and the Church’s year. In wider society Christmas seems to end or at least come to a climax on 25 December. So it may feel helpful to start to pray the Christmas office earlier in December and finish a day or three after 25th.

O God open our souls
to awaken to your presence
O God open our minds
to hear your call
O God open our hearts
to know your love
O God open our lives
to be fully alive in you and to our neighbour.

As we hear the scriptures read, may they lead us to the Christ and may we find in Jesus the fulfilment of all our searching.

Psalm[s] and reading[s]. There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

Blessed are those who hear the word of God
And obey it.

A song from scripture based on the Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

My soul proclaims your greatness O Lord;
my spirit rejoices in you O God our Saviour,
You have looked with favour on your lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call us blessed:
Almighty, you have done great things for us,
and holy is your name.

You have mercy on those who fear you
You have shown strength with your arm

and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
you have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
remembering your promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.

Based on the ELLC translation of Luke 1:46-55

Glory to God in the highest:
and on earth -peace and goodwill.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

…expressions of of praise and thanks …

O God, you have done great things for us
And holy is your name.

Your heavenly will be done in all created beings!
May your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
Father, may your will be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and for God’s desires may be mentioned here or after each or all of the following petitions….

Your will is for the liberation of creation in bondage to decay
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Your will is for peace and justice,
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Your will is for all to come to a knowledge of salvation
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and God’s desires might be mentioned here if they haven’t been before.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.

… reflection and requests for daily bread and provision.

We look to you to supply our need.
Be our provider and strength.
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Forgiving God, we have held onto your gifts and stayed aloof.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us

Sharing God; we have resisted your life within us.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us

God who first loved us, help us to love others by forgiving

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us

There may be silence to reflect on forgiving. After an appropriate interval, words of forgiveness may be said.

As we seek to live embodying the values and commitments of God’s just and gentle Rule, let us reflect on likely forthcoming challenges to our faithfulness and integrity, and let’s recognise our future has many unknowns to wrongfoot us.

We are called to bear Christ into our world. With Mary we ask, how can this be?

Pause for reflection.

We take to heart the Angel’s reply:
The power of the Most High will overshadow you; with God it is possible:
Let it be to us according to your Word.

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Wednesday

Wednesday’s prayers tend to reflect the theme of Christ’s incarnation.

O God open our souls
to awaken to your presence
O God open our minds
to hear your call
O God open our hearts
to know your love
O God open our lives
to be fully alive in you and to our neighbour.

As we hear the scriptures read, may they lead us to the Christ and may we find in Jesus the fulfilment of all our searching.
Psalm(s) and reading[s].
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
And obey it.
There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection.
A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used. When readings and reflection are done…

A song from scripture based on the Magnificat (The Song of Mary) may be said (or sung)
My soul proclaims your greatness O Lord;
my spirit rejoices in you O God our Saviour,
You have looked with favour on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call us blessed:
Almighty, you have done great things for us,
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
remembering your promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.

Based on the ELLC translation of Luke 1:46-55

Glory to God in the highest:
and on earth -peace and goodwill.
Holy, holy holy, Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!

…expressions of of praise and thanks …
O God, you have done great things for us
And holy is your name.

Your heavenly will be done in all created beings!
May your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
Father, may your will be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and for God’s agenda may be mentioned here or after each or all of the following petitions….
Your will is for the liberation of creation in bondage to decay
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Your will is for peace and justice
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Your will is for all to come to a knowledge of salvation
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and God’s desires might be mentioned here if they haven’t been before.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.
… reflection and requests for daily bread and provision.
We look to you to supply our need. Be our provider and strength.
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Forgiving God, we have held onto your gifts and stayed aloof.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
Sharing God; we have resisted your life within us.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us

God who first loved us, help us to love others by forgiving. …
God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
There may be silence to reflect on forgiving. After an appropriate interval, words of forgiveness may be said.

As we seek to live embodying the values and commitments of God’s just and gentle Rule, let us reflect on likely forthcoming challenges to our faithfulness and integrity, and let’s recognise our future has many unknowns to wrongfoot us.

We are called to bear Christ into our world. With Mary we ask, how can this be?

We take to heart the Angel’s reply:
The power of the Most High will overshadow you; with God it is possible:
Let it be to us according to your Word.

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