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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 12 December 2010

This week, Brian D'Arcy looks at the words of the Magnificat and considers Mary's role in the nativity. With hymns, prayer and reflection for the third Sunday in Advent.


    Come thou redeemer of the earth
    Puer nobis nascitur
    Strathclyde University Chamber Choir

    Hark the glad sound
    Keynsham Parish church choir & congregation

    This is the truth
    Arr. Vaughan Williams
    The Pilgrim Consort

    Tell out my soul
    Clare College, Cambridge

    I wonder as I wander
    Recorded Winchester College by the 2004 Young Chorister of the Year,
    Harry Sever

    Mary sing Alleluia
    Chelmsford Salvation Army

    Of the Father’s love begotten
    Divinum Mysterium
    Fairhaven Singers

    Lo he comes with clouds
    Glasgow Chamber Choir


    As we approach Christmas Lord, we base our prayers on the values given to us in The Magnificat. May we be kind enough to launch out on journeys to help others as Mary did.

    May we recognise that nothing is impossible to God and that those who persevere in hope will find life.

    We thank God for our vulnerability. And as Mary experienced doubt when asked to be God’s mother, may we overcome doubt when we are asked to do God’s will.

    May the hungry be filled with good things and may God’s mercy be with us from generation to generation.

    We offer all our prayers, through Christ our Lord, Amen.


    As we prepare for Christmas Lord, we ask you to bless us with patience, joy and generosity. We acknowledge too the great blessings we have in friendship, family and love.

    Bless us with food to eat and enough to share with the hungry.

    May the Lord bless us with peace and may he take away our fears and doubts and bless us with a deep faith.

    And may almighty God bless us in this world and in the next. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


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