Mary’s great hymn of joy, the Magnificat, which is inspired by numerous Old Testament passages, especially the song of Hannah (1 Sam 2:1-10), celebrates the goodness and mercy of God to individuals and to Israel as a whole, emphasising that God comes to the help of the poor and simple, rather than to the proud and self-sufficient.
When we pray the Magnificat, especially in the Evening Prayer of the Church, we too, like Mary, recall the great deeds that God has done in history and in our own lives. As we treasure these things in our hearts, may we, like Mary, be inspired once again to tell everyone of the hope and the joy that is ours.
Monsignor Joseph Murphy, Secretariate of State, Vatican
Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy
The Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy aims to do everything
possible to provide a safe environment for children and young people
where they are cherished and encouraged to become involved in the life
of our Church.
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.