Mary is honoured throughout Christendom on 15 August


The Church is a place of revolution without violence, called to set the world the right way up, … [the Magnificat, Mary’s Song] is a statement of revolution not comfort …the statement of a revolutionary.”

Archbishop Justin Welby, speaking at the Lambeth Conference.


1.    My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

2    For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.

3    For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.

4    For he that is mighty hath magnified me and holy is his Name.

5    And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.

6    He hath shewed strength with his arm he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

7    He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek.

8    He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hath sent empty away.

9    He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

The Magnificat is set as a Canticle for Evening Prayer. This English translation is from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

This Sunday(14/8)  at St Peter’s Cathedral Adelaide  we will celebrate the Feast of Mary Mother of our Lord, the one who spoke these words of revolution not violence.
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Author: Lesley McLean