Read the passage above and digest the sequence of events and then just wonder at the spirit-inspired songs that are recorded here. They have since become part of the fabric of worship within Christian communities of all traditions.
Song of Mary
Magnificat – one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns. The whole mystery of the incarnation (Spirit God becomes Flesh-and-Bones Man) is expressed through Mary as her heart and soul responds to the baby Jesus in her womb. Read her words as you meditate on The Magnificat, sung in the video below.
The Benedictus was the song of thanksgiving uttered by Zechariah on the occasion of the circumcision of his son, John the Baptist. The canticle received its name from its first words in Latin (Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel”).
The first video below is fun and brings to life the sheer joy of the occasion when John was born to Elizabeth and Zechariah proclaims his name.
As an alternative, or in addition, listen to this wonderful music (‘Benedictus’ composed by Karl Jenkins) as you read the words.
Let the joy of these prayers lift your heart in praise to God. HOLY is His Name!