Rewriting the Magnificat
The Prayer of Hannah and Mary is a prayer to God that has been prayed by Christians for two thousand years. Imagine with me that this prayer were addressed to Goddess, to Thea--what would it sound like? Imagine that the main characters of the Christian narrative were female and believed in the holiness of the body rather than ethereal, dualistic spirit--how would Mary pray then?
I invite you to pray the Thean way with me:
My flesh magnifies Thea,
and my body rejoices in Goddess my Savior,
for she has looked with favor on the lowliness
of her servant.
Surely, from this day all generations will call
for the Mighty One has done great things for
and holy is her name.
Her mercy is for those who fear her
from generation to generation.
She has shown strength with her arm;
she has scattered the proud in their schemes.
She has brought down the powerful from their
and lifted up the lowly;
she has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
She has helped her servants Rachel and Leah,
in remembrance of her mercy,
according to the promise she made to our
to Sarah and her descendants forever.
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