So, you’re new to Magnificat Magazine? So am I, so join me in taking a quick look at what the Magnificat has to offer. I asked a coworker if I could borrow her copy, so I’m looking at the March 2011 edition. At first glance, you’ll notice the beautiful full color artwork on the cover and premium Bible-type paper inside. Though it is small in size (4.5″ x 6.75″), it packs a spiritual wallop with 440 pages! It is often called Magnificat “magazine,” but is it much more than just a daily missal? To my surprise, it is much more! It begins with a letter from the editor, Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P., followed by an editorial by Rev. Cameron on Lenten Conversion. Several more articles and 9 pages later we come to the monthly prayer section. The monthly prayer section contains Blessings of the Month, Blessings for the Table, Hymn of the Month (English and Latin), Marian Antiphon, and Prayer at Night.
On page 28, we finally get to the missal portion of the Magnificat magazine. Each day includes Prayer for the Morning, Mass, Prayer for the Evening, and Saints of Today and Tomorrow. I think it helps to share in detail what each section holds, so you can get a good sense of the “spiritual wallop” I mentioned earlier.
Mass: This is self-explanatory if you’ve ever used a missal in the pew, but the introduction to the scriptures at the beginning is a nice touch. It also closes with a Meditation of the Day.
Prayer for the Evening: Hymn, Psalm, Word of God, Canticle of Mary (back cover), Intercessions, closing prayers, and Marian Antiphon.
About halfway through the daily prayers, there is the Order of the Mass with red page edges for quick reference during Mass. Several of the prayers in the Order are in English and Latin. For reference there is a Liturgical Calendar on the inside front cover and indexes of hymns, meditations, psalms, and canticles in the back.
Towards the back of the Magnificat is an explanation of the artwork on the cover. I was surprised to find it’s not just a picture of the annunciation framed in pretty flowers (though you wouldn’t know by the title: The Annunciation with Flowers), but that each flower has its own meaning in regards to Mary like the three colored roses, “different forms of Mary’s love (white: virginal; pink: conjugal; red: maternal, linked to Christ’s sacrifice).” To close is a short article about St Joseph inspired by Rembrandt’s painting The Dream of St Joseph.
Who should use the Magnificat magazine? Well, everyone. And that’s not just the salesperson talking. This magazine can serve daily communicants just as well as the home-bound or the average Catholic. You can use it whenever you go to Mass and you can use it as a daily prayer guide to deepen your relationship with Christ. You can read as much or as little as you want each day and it’s very forgiving, if you miss a day simply pick it back up on the next day. If you’re looking to strengthen your prayer life it couldn’t be simpler with multi-year Magnificat magazine subscription options. It’s available in Spanish too: Magnificat Latina. If you purchase the Magnificat subscription, you’ll not doubt be using it on a daily basis and given its size and lightweight nature I would recommend the Magnificat plastic cover that you can use again and again each month.
There you have it. Magnificat magazine in a nutshell. So tell me, what do you like best about Magnificat?