Dec 15, 2011

The Magnificat: A Prayer

Here’s a prayer based on Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:47-55).  It was written by Janet Morley, and posted on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website. Visit that site for other good Advent and Christmas worship resources.

The Magnificat: A Prayer
(based on Luke 1: 47-55)

O God, whose word is fruitless
when the mighty are not put down,
   the humble remain humiliated,
   the hungry are not filled,
   and the rich are;
make good your word,
and begin with us.

Open our hearts and unblock our ears
to hear the voices of the poor
and share their struggle;
and send us away empty with longing
for your promise to come true
in Jesus Christ.
Amen.
 
—Janet Morley, in Tell Out My Soul, Christian Aid, 1990. Reprinted by permission.
From Bread of Tomorrow: Prayer for the Church Year, ed. Janet Morley
Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1992, p. 151.