St. Mary, Mother of our Lord

August 15th is set aside as the Feast Day of St. Mary.  Although we Lutherans do not celebrate the Assumption of Mary as the Catholic and Orthodox churches do, we set aside this day to remember and honor her.  Her wonderful prayer recorded in Luke 1:46-55 (often referred to as “The Magnificat”)  is the basis for the hymn “My Soul Rejoices”  (933 in the Lutheran Service Book).  May your soul rejoice as well in praise for your Savior!

“My soul rejoices, My spirit voices–Sing the greatness of the Lord!
For God my Savior has shown me favor–Sing the greatness of the Lord!
With praise and blessing join in confessing, God who is soley mighty and holy–O sing the greatness of God the Lord!
His mercy surely shall rest securely on all who fear Him. Love and revere Him–O sing the greatness of God the Lord!

“His arm now baring, His strength declaring–O sing the greatness of God the Lord!
The proud He scatters, their rule he shatters–O sing the greatness of God the Lord!
Oppression halted, The meek exalted, Full are the hungry, empty the wealthy–O sing the greatness of God the Lord!
Here is the token all that was spoken to Abraham’s off-spring God is fulfilling–O sing the greatness of God the Lord!”

SING THE GREATNESS OF GOD THE LORD!