What is Magnificat?
Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women. Its purpose is to help Catholic women open more and more to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service, and sharing the good news of salvation. It thus provides opportunities which will foster a desire to grow in holiness.
When Did It Start?
Magnificat was begun by a group of Catholic women from the Archdiocese of New Orleans who observed a need among Catholic women for a faith-sharing experience in a relaxed setting. With the encouragement of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan and Bishop Stanley J. Ott, its first function, a prayer breakfast, took place on October 7, 1981.
It was born out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and has been nurtured by it.
Magnificat (pronounced Mag-nif-e-cot) is the verb in the Latin phrase, "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" "My soul magnifies the Lord." These words recorded in Luke 1:46 are the beginning of Mary's response to Elizabeth's joyful greeting. The entire scene of the Visitation is the inspiration for this ministry, which adopts the name of Mary's hymn of praise and the spirit of this biblical encounter as its own. Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, this woman-to-woman ministry within the Roman Catholic Church, attempts to generate a lively faith in God and His action in our lives along with a love for Mary and the Church.
To Whom Does It Minister?
Magnificat ministers to those women in and out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal whose faith in the person of Jesus Christ has allowed them to believe in the activity of God's spirit in their lives. It also has great appeal to those women who may be struggling with faith or who have lost touch with the Church. It can be a valuable Evangelistic tool.
Magnificat* meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Starting at 1 pm till 2:30 pm in Room 209 in the ministry buliding.
We look forward to seeing you there!
For additional information please contact Hermina Murray at 407-491-1290
*We are still a Chapter in Formation.