Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On the Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1888
Meditation for the Feast Day
Fill in the blank:
Because she said, "I am the handmaiden of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word," I 

Following is our three boys, Kevin, Jon (now Br. Philip), and Dominic with our friend, Tim (now Rev. Mr. Geckel), singing the beautiful Magnificat.  I re-post this often for feast of the Blessed Mother -- but only just looked at the date today to realize how long ago this was recorded.  Holy Moly!  This was back around 2008!  Six years ago!  My goodness, how time flies!  But I love these dear voices as much as ever -- and miss their faces!   I feel sure that many blessings have come to all four of the men singing this, for having honored Our Blessed Mother so well with their voices over the years.  I'm so proud of all of them!

The Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
(And In Latin)
Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum,et exsultávit spíritus meusin Deo salvatóre meo,
quia respéxit humilitátemancíllæ suæ.
Ecce enim ex hoc beátamme dicent omnes generatiónes,quia fecit mihi magna,qui potens est,et sanctum nomen eius,et misericórdia eius in progénieset progénies timéntibus eum.
Fecit poténtiam in bráchio suo,dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui;depósuit poténtes de sedeet exaltávit húmiles.
Esuriéntes implévit boniset dívites dimísit inánes.
Suscépit Ísrael púerum suum,recordátus misericórdiæ,sicut locútus est ad patres nostros,
Ábraham et sémini eius in sæcula.
Glória Patri et Fílioet Spirítui Sancto.Sicut erat in princípio,et nunc et semper,
et in sæcula sæculórum.

And, also, today we send prayers and greetings and lots of love (again!) to our Annunciation Day baby, Kevin.  Lucky guy, half way around the world, gets two birthdays this year.  One in New Zealand where he is, and one here in America where we are! Happy birthday again, Kev!  

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