The Magnificat

The church of the Visitation in Ein Karem

The Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem – I believe is one of the most beautiful church’s in all of the Holy Land – was erected on the site of Elizabeths and Zechariahs summer home. This is where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist. It was here that Mary recited her canticle of praise, the Magnificat.

Luke 1: 46-55

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In those days
Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country to a city in Judah
She entered the house of Zechariah and Elizabeth
And when Mary greeted Elizabeth
The babe in her womb leaped and she exclaimed
Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb
And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me
For behold when the voice of your greeting came to my ears
The babe in my womb leaped for joy
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment
Of what was spoken to her from the Lord. And Mary replied

My soul magnifies the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior
For He has looked with favor, on His lowly servant
From this day all generations, will call me blessed

The almighty has done great things for me
And Holy is His name. Holy, Holy, Holy is His name

He has mercy on those who fear Him.
In every generation He has shown the strength of His arm
He has scattered the proud and their conceit
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly

He has filled the hungry with good things
And the rich He has sent empty away

He has come to help
His servant Israel, for he remembered His promise of mercy
The promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children
And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name
Holy, Holy, Holy is His name