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Living the Magnificat

Welcome to the Pray as you go day retreat Living the Magnificat. This short retreat encourages you to prayerfully reflect on the words of Mary’s Song from the Gospel of Luke. Because the Magnificat is recited every day at Evening Prayer, it is probably one of the most frequently used, and perhaps most familiar, pieces of Scripture. But how often do we take time to contemplate the message contained in the words?

This retreat encourages you to reflect on the two readings associated with the Feast of the Visitation – a reading from the Prophet Zephaniah, and the Gospel Reading telling of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Through these texts we will explore how to live out the message of Mary’s Song in our lives.

Mary is the model for our lives and relationship with God. Her life shows us how to live in relationship with God, how to be open to God’s Will, and how to respond to God. In this passage of Scripture too, she sums up the hopes of generations of Prophets and Patriarchs; she speaks prophetically about the Kingdom of God. This retreat will try and help you to understand how to make these prophetic words part of your daily life.




Session I - Zepheniah 3:14-18

Session I explores the way in which God is acting in your life at the moment, echoing the call of the Prophet Zepheniah 'The Lord your God is in your midst.'


Session II - Luke 1:39-56

Session II explores the scene painted by Luke in the gospel story of Mary's visit to Elizabeth.


Session III - Luke 1:39-56

Session III takes each line of Mary's Song and invites you to ponder them line by line. 




If you have any feedback on Living the Magnificat that you'd like us to consider when we plan our next retreat, please email us.



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Images & Artwork

For so much of our work, we rely on the generosity of some hugely talented people who allow us to use their work free of charge. PAYG would particularly like to thank Maria Laughlin for allowing us to use one of her images for the retreat. 

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Music Details


Señora del Camino by Luis Guillermo Sarasa Gallego SJ from Vamos Caminando by Jesuits of the Province of Colombia. Copyright © Colombia Province of the Society of Jesus. Used with permission.


Session 1

Magnificat anima mea Dominum sung by Nóirín Ní Riain from Vox de Nube. Copyright © Sounds True. Used with permission.

The Cathedral Set- Lo Yisa Goi Kol HaN'shamah from Panta Rhei - Celtic and Mediterranean Music for Harp by Diana Rowan. Used under Creative Commons License via Magnatune.


Session 2

The Cherubic Hymn from One Thousand Years Of Ukrainian Sacred Music. Used under Creative Commons License via Magnatune.

Quietime Prayer: Prayer for Healing by Eric Nordhoff from Quietime Prayer Copyright © 2010 TwoNords Music. Used with Permission.


Session 3

Magnificat by Margaret Rizza from Fountain of Life. Copyright © Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Used with permission.

Interludio: Présence from Inni al Signore by the Comunità di Bose, Italy Copyright © Edizioni Qiqajon. Used with permission.



Señora del Camino by Luis Guillermo Sarasa Gallego SJ from Vamos Caminando by Jesuits of the Province of Colombia. Copyright © Colombia Province of the Society of Jesus. Used with permission.



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