The first Sunday of Advent celebrates Hope, and we lit the candle of Prophesy. If you need the introductory lesson, click What is Advent? This second Sunday of Advent is called Faith, and we light the Bethlehem candle to remind us of the faith Joseph and Mary had as they trusted God and waited for the birth of Jesus.
The first chapter of Matthew records the visit of Gabriel to Joseph, to explain God’s plan in giving Mary a child. Luke 1 records the visit paid to the virgin Mary, and how God’s plan is revealed to her. Luke also tells of Mary’s visit with her cousin Elizabeth, who is also with child (John the Baptist, no less). Verses 46-55 of Luke chapter 1 is known as the Magnificat, a narrative poem spoken by Mary while visiting Elizabeth. As we take time to remember the faith of this young couple, particularly of this young girl who was favored among women, read again her song of praise to the God Most High. May we all have this faith.
Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”