Mary And The Magnificat
"Greetings, O Favored One
Six months into Elizabeth's pregnancy, Mary, a young woman from Nazareth in Galilee, is visited by the angel Gabriel. She is engaged to Joseph, a descendant of King David, and their betrothal is just as solemn as a marriage vow. When Gabriel visits Mary, he delivers the news that she will bear a child who will be named "Jesus" and will be the Messiah. The conception will be miraculous, and Gabriel also shares the fantastic news of Elizabeth's pregnancy with her.
The Throne Of His Father
Mary is presented with an emphasis on her virginity. Gabriel appears and delivers the news that she will give birth to a son who will inherit the kingdom of David and be called "Jesus." Moreover, he will rule forever. Mary is surprised by the angel's proclamation because of her virginity. However, Gabriel assures her that her conception will be a miraculous occurrence. Mary receives this news with unwavering faith.
An Unforgettable Visit
Mary finds a safe haven in Zechariah's home to avoid disgrace in Nazareth after Gabriel informs her of Elizabeth's conception. The fact that John leaps in Elizabeth's womb and she blesses both Mary and her child indicates that Jesus will be an exceptional individual.
By praising God, Mary expresses her gratitude and awe at being chosen as the mother of the Messiah. The Christian community has dubbed Mary's song 'the Magnificat,' which is derived from the Latin term for 'glorifies.' Her song blends various themes from the Old Testament, including Hannah's song when she dedicated her son Samuel to God. Both Hannah and Mary acknowledge God as the One who surprises by reversing the world's norms. Essentially, God has inverted the world's roles, elevating the poor, rejected, and oppressed while humbling the rich, proud, and esteemed.
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