We call the four songs at the beginning of Luke canticles. Canticle comes from another Latin word, canticulum, meaning “little song.” We use this term to describe hymns in the Bible located outside the book of Psalms. The four canticles in Luke 1–2 entered the church’s regular worship early and are still in common use today. In some traditions of the church, these canticles are daily prayers.
—Max O. Vincent, Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”
—Luke 1:46-49 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.
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