Bringing the Text to Life
Mary’s Song: Mary understood her baby would alter the course of history.
AT A GLANCE:
Mary sings the first Christmas carol while Jesus is still in the womb. Studies show that singing to a yet-to-be-born child can have a profound influence on him or her. Could it be that Mary’s “Magnificat” reinforced the mission of her divine-human Son even before he was born?
For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Authentic Messiah,” December 16, 2007.
[NOTE: The “Magnificat” is the second of a three-part series called “The First Carols.” The other two are “Benedictus” on November 24 and “Gloria” on December 24.]
“Hush, little baby, don’t you cry…”
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