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Advent calendar 2023 - 22 December

CAFOD Icon Mary of the Magnificat: Mother of the poor

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.

Luke 1:52-53

Mary sings of a world that has been, is being and will yet be, turned upside down by God’s liberating justice and compassion. In the longest passage spoken by a woman in the New Testament, her great song of social justice is a hymn of hope for those who are marginalised.

These words were first spoken in Mary’s own troubled time of occupation and conflict, but they could have been written today. We still live in a world of violence and inequality, where too many people are cold, hungry and oppressed.

Mary’s radical song requires action from all of us who long for a reordering of creation. How can we make space to hear the voices of those who are marginalised and excluded today? How can we best join them in denouncing all that goes against God’s purposes? 

With Mary, let’s lift our voices and sing of God’s love, joy and justice, so the message can be heard by all. And let’s pray to be blessed with boldness, to work for Mary’s transformative vision of a world made new. 

Advent prayer

Almighty God,  
you sing your song of joy to us.  
Breathe your spirit into our singing  
until our words and our lives tell of your Kingdom  
of mercy and justice.  


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