In which is Mary’s Magnificat

by Craig on February 22, 2015

Magnificat anima mea Dominum, "my souls magnifies the Lord"

last Christmas was all about the Panis Angelicus of Aquinas
this Christmas I fell madly in love with the Magnificat of Mary
so for the foreseeable future I’m focusing my study

on one



in Latin the word is magnificat
this is how someone who really knows Latin says it magnificat

in the Hebrew it’s גּדל (gadal)
and I can’t pronounce it any better than this גּדל 

in the Greek it’s μεγαλύνω (megaluno)
and I couldn’t find an online pronunciation

and at first glance it looks as if it should mean…


am I right?  ツ


it’s pronounced megaloono
with emphasis on the “loon”
and with a really heavy “l”
and with the shortest little “no” you’ve ever heard
and, of course, spoken like a typical Greek fisherman
(some flourishing of one of your hands helps)


this is Mary’s word
she probably said it in Aramaic
which is kind of like Hebrew but I can’t translate it

There is good reason to believe that Mary knew all these languages. But the word that Luke puts on her lips is the Greek version, so to me that’s the big one to study. And there are only a handful of times this word is used in the New Testament so to get a bigger picture I’m digging into the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint, where it’s used oodles of times.

The Septuagint is the version of the Old Testament all the early Christians quoted, even Jesus. I have a sneaking suspicion that scampering about the Septuagint, tracking down the word, might reveal something rare and wonderful.

And if the very first word of the Magnificat is a major wonder, what might all of them be?



the picture sources:
the magnificat
the big moon


In which is maybe a bumper crop?

by Craig on January 25, 2015


They had a chance to know everything







to understand pain but never be injured
to know of sorrow but never undergo grief
to fathom the human tapestry as it is woven

with divine perspective



but now, as the serpent promised
they would know good and evil
but would have to learn it all


Adam, Eve, Gen 3:15, a chance to view from the top side, instead chose the bottom...


how tempting to sleep, never to wake again
how important was the prophecy to keep hope alive

And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your seed and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
(Genesis 3:15)

they failed
yet in the failure
was the seed of hope

if it’s dark right now
all murky and shadowy
nothing like you wanted

I get it

they would too



but if God allows the seed of failure
and bestows, in return, the seed of a woman
then there is promise within the ancient prophecy

“he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel”

One will eternally issue the final blow
the other, be forever relegated to nipping

nipping with venom to be sure
how he does relish striking the heel
but the Enemy can never completely do. us. in.

if God eternally is
and yet, he was born

If God always lives yet laid down his live, maybe just this one time, there is hope.

if God always lives
and yet laid down his life

if God is real
and the promise is real
from so many seeds of failure


just this one time

a bumper crop





thank you to the artists:
the tree
eternal harmony


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