Magnificat performed by the choir of Notre-Dame cathedral in ParisThe Magnificat is one of the oldest canticles of the Church. The words were spoken by Mary herself when she visited her cousin Elizabeth, the event that is celebrated today.The opening lines are:
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.Download
The Mexican theme week at All about Mary. has come to an end. I hope you have all enjoyed my special attention to some of Mexico’s many Marian devotions and traditions.Next month there will be another theme week. I am considering Mary in baroque art, but if you have a better idea do let me know!
Himno de la Coronación de Nuestra Señora del RobleThe hymn was especially written for the coronation of the statue of Nuestra Señora del Roble (Our Lady of the Oak) in Monterey, the capital of the state of Nuevo León in the north-east of Mexico.The coronation took place on 31 May 1964.
First She caused herself to be seen by an Indian named Juan Diego, poor but worthy of respect; and then her Precious Image appeared before the recently named Bishop, Don Fray Juan de Zumárraga.The opening of the Nican Mopohua (“Here it is told”), the official account of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe.The account from 1649 was written in Nahuatl, the ancient language of the Aztecs. Mariano Rojas believes the word Coatlaxopeuh is the possible Nahuatl origin of the word Guadalupe.
There are two beliefs deeply embedded in Mexican consciousness: belief in the lottery and belief in the Virgin of Guadalupe.- Octavio Paz
Vidi speciosam sicut columbamA beautiful piece of Mexican baroque music composed in 1764 by Ignacio de Jerusalem, chapel master of Mexico City’s cathedral. The piece is part of his Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe.I have seen her beauty like the doveascending over streams of water;a strong, unearthly perfume was in her garments,and flowers of roses encircled her,and lilies of the valley.
This week it’s Mexican week at All about Mary.Since the Spanish conquest Mary has played an important role in Mexico’s history, culture and spiritual life. The Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the world’s most loved and recognised images of Mary.There are also many other images, shrines, devotions and customs that express the love Mexican’s feel for their Reina. All about Mary. will highlight some of these in the week to come.
Where I live, in the desert Southwest, the Virgin of Guadalupe is the most revered religious figure of all.
When locals printed a bumper sticker proclaiming ‘In Guad We Trust’, they weren’t kidding.- Larry Dossey, author
If anon the clouds of sadness Rise within my heart, When they hear thy name, O Mary, Straight away they depart. - from The Glories of Mary