The Magnificat

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
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.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Feast of St. Maria Goretti

St Maria Goretti is the patron saint of victims of crimes, but especially of rape.

She died defending her chastity, as her 20-year-old neighbour attempted to rape her, and, when she successfully resisted, stabbed her fourteen times, fatally wounding her.

She forgave him on her deathbed.

He repented years later, crediting her intercession for him.

She is venerated as virgin and martyr.

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us.
Amen.