Prayer: Mary's Song

Here’s a prayer of petition and intercession inspired by Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). It comes from the Christian Aid website.

(inspired by Luke 1:46-55)

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly.” (Luke 1:52)

Merciful God, 
May Mary’s song be heard through the ages, 
drowning out the din of Christmas chaos. 

May it be heard by the victims of violence 
in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

May it ring in the ears of the traumatised 
in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

May it sing in the hearts of those stuck 
in the refugee camps of Lebanon, Jordan and Greece. 

May it be an earworm song of hope 
for all standing strong for land rights. 

May it be the rally cry of peace 
for the war-weary of South Sudan. 

May it nourish hope in the bellies 
of those fearful of failed harvests. 

May it be a song that stirs reverent fear 
in the hearts of those who assume power. 

And may the joyful promises of justice 
and overturned power fill all our hearts 
to overflowing action. Amen.

~ posted on the Monthly Prayer page of the Christian Aid website.