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A hopeulblessing or
imes of GRIEF
Deepin every human heart isadesire forthe living Godthat expressesitself in prayer. In the Catholic tradition, some prayershavebecomeclassicexpressionsof what thehumanheartseeks.Wordsof Faith:OurPrayersexploresprayersthat forcenturieshaverevealed a faith that fosters a deep, personal, growing, and loving relationshipwithJesus Christ. Tese prayersteachusmuchaboutwho we are andabout the Godto whomwe belong.
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ByRobertM. Hamma, EditorialDirectoratAveMaria Press.Series Editor, KeithJ. Egan, PhD, is PresidentoftheCarmeliteInstitute; AdjunctProfessorofTheology, UniversityofNotreDame;andAquinas ChairEmeritus, St. Mary’s College.
henameofthis prayer, comes fromthe
es theLord.” Also knownastheCanticleofMary, theprayercomes direct-lyfromtheGospelofLuke(1:46–55). Thesewords arespokenbytheVirginMaryduringhervisitto Elizabeth, herelderlycousin, whois pregnantwithJohntheBaptist. Elizabethgreets Marywiththewords: “Mostblessedareyouamongwomen, andblessedis thefruitofyourwomb” (Lk1:42). Maryre-sponds withthewords oftheMagni
catis prayedeverydayintheLiturgyoftheHours. SometimescalledtheDivineOf
ce, this istheChurch’s of
cialdailyprayer.Priests andthoseinreligious lifepraytheHours daily. Manylaypeoplealso prayMorningandEveningPrayerandsomepar-ishes celebratethemcommunally.TheMagni
catis prayedduringEveningPrayer, knownas Vespers. Anancienttra-ditionoftheChurchtells us thatitwasprobablyeveningwhenMaryarrivedatElizabeth’s house, thus theconnectionwiththis liturgicalHour.
• A canticle is abiblical hymn or songthat is not part of thebook of Psalms.• There are three canticles inthe Church’s daily liturgical prayer:
Allthree canticles are found in chapters 1and 2of Luke’s Gospel.
Canticle of Zechariah
at Morning Prayer
Canticle of Mary
at Evening Prayer
Canticle of Simeon
at Night Prayer
† My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,my spirit rejoices in God my Saviorfor 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.He has mercy on those who fear himin every generation.He has shown strength with his arm,he has scattered the proud in their conceit.He cast down the mighty from their thrones,and has lifted up the lowly.He has
lled the hungry with good things,and the rich he has sent away empty.He has come to the help of his servant Israelfor he has remembered his promise of mercy,the promise made to our fathers,to Abraham and his children for ever.–
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