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Part Four

The prayer of the Virgin Mary

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Mary’s prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the

fullness of time. Before the incarnation of the Son of God, and

before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in

a unique way with the Father’s plan of loving kindness: at the

Annunciation, for Christ’s conception; at Pentecost, for the forma­

tion of the Church, his Body.

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In the faith of his humble handmaid,

the Gift of God found the acceptance he had awaited from the

beginning of time. She whom the Almighty made “full of grace”

responds by offering her whole being: “Behold I am the handmaid of

the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.” “

Fiat

”: this

is Christian prayer: to be wholly God’s, because he is wholly ours.

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The Gospel reveals to us how Mary prays and intercedes

in faith. At Cana,

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the mother of Jesus asks her son for the needs

of a wedding feast; this is the sign of another feast—that of the

wedding of the Lamb where he gives his body and blood at the

request of the Church, his Bride. It is at the hour of the New

Covenant, at the foot of the cross,

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that Mary is heard as the

Woman, the new Eve, the true “Mother of all the living.”

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That is why the Canticle of Mary,

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the

Magnificat

(Latin)

or

Megalynei

(Byzantine) is the song both of the Mother of God and

of the Church; the song of the Daughter of Zion and of the new

People of God; the song of thanksgiving for the fullness of graces

poured out in the economy of salvation and the song of the “poor”

whose hope is met by the fulfillment of the promises made to our

ancestors, “to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”

IN BRIEF

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Jesus’ filial prayer is the perfect model of prayer in

the New Testament. Often done in solitude and in se­

cret, the prayer of Jesus involves a loving adherence

to the will of the Father even to the Cross and an ab­

solute confidence in being heard.

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In his teaching, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray

with a purified heart, with lively and persevering

88 Cf.

Lk

1:38;

Acts

1:14.

89 Cf.

Jn

2:1-12.

90 Cf.

Jn

19:25-27.

91 Cf.

Lk

1:46-55.

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