Posted: 22 December 2015

Advent: Holy is your name

Today we open up our Advent calendar to the Plural Guild and in particular their song Holy is Your Name. They explain:

 

This song came out of reflection on The Magnificat, Mary’s revolutionary poem from Luke 1, and the key scripture reading for the fourth Sunday of Advent, when the theme is love. Walter Bruggemann has called Mary's song the kind of singing “…which is a refusal to accept the dominant definitions of reality…an insistence that there’s another way to experience the world and there is another way to act in the world.”

In this indie folk song, the lyrics reflect Mary's song of praise to God for seeing and loving all who suffer and for ushering in a new day when “the poor will see that all hope’s not lost and grace flows free.”

You can listen to the Plural Guild’s reflective song whilst reading the Magnificat:

‘And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

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