Magnificat MagazineSo, 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.

Magnificat Mass PagePrayer for the Morning: Hymn, Psalm, Word of God, Canticle of Zechariah (referenced on back cover), Intercessions, and closing prayer.

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?

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  1. Melanie says

    I like being able to have the daily readings at my fingertips, and when I do get to a weekday Mass, I like being able to follow along w/the readings. I like its smallness, and the fact that I can just slip it into my purse. I like the notes about the saints. I like the daily prayer intentions… Ah well, I guess in short I just LOVE Magnificat!

  2. Mark A. Rivera says

    Great breakdown on the Magnificat. My brothers from my Emmaus group have also noted that if you have a Magnificat subscribtion you can also get a free IPad/IPhone app. This is something that may be worthy to include in your article.

    Mark A. Rivera

  3. James Stewart says

    I enjoy reading the Magnificat magazine very much. I read it every day. Because of my schedule I have a hard time attending daily mass, and reading it every day makes me feel like I am still apart of the mass. I do take it to Sunday mass. It is a very inspirational.I also like that you can access Magnificat through the intra-net. Thanks.

  4. Lynn says

    I’ve been a subscriber for several years.
    I attend daily mass and our priest knows I always bring it along for meditation prior to Mass and as a lectio divina aid. He has even stopped me before hand to double check a saint day or check on alternate readings on special days that might be available.
    The only thing I would change is that I would like to have meditations included from some more contemporary sources.

  5. says

    I have served on two ACTS II mission teams and we stress use of the Magnificat in daily lives but…. I am so inexperienced that I need help in getting forward. Before trying to lead others again I want to master its use first. It is said that ACTS I is for anyone seeking a closer walk with the Lord and ACTS II it Catholic for Catholics to help enrich prayer lives — hence the Magnificat. Pray for me as I try to improve. Boyce

  6. paula walker says

    i was hospitalised and the visiting priest gave me a copy of magnificat and it was the best
    gift ever. it is such a fine publication. everyone should read it. it offers encouragement
    and the bible passages help you to get closer to
    God.Please continue the good work

  7. Vee says

    I didn’t really find the above article helpful at all, if you can read you can figure out the titles or chapters in the magazine. I find the magazine a bit confusing as I try to keep up with the mass, I seem to be flipping pages a lot, looking for where the mass has gone or which group of prayers are being used. Is there a standard to the “order of which prayers are used or is it just whatever the priest wants to use in a given day/mass? I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to have this information memorized otherwise the priest wouldn’t need to read it.
    I’m kind of addicted to using Magnificat as a guide, but knowing “how to use it” would be a great tool in filling the void that the Catholic Church left when they decided that children didn’t need to know things about our given religion while my parents were paying to have all 8 of us siblings to go to Catholic schools (all 12 years not just elementary/Grammar) in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

    thank you kindly

    help would be greatly appreciated

  8. says

    Hi Vee, the Order of the Mass is the structure/order of prayers used in the mass which does not change, but the Eucharistic Prayers themselves may vary (I,II, etc.). Flipping pages frequently is standard in using both the Magnificat Magazine and Missals. Many people mark the pages with ribbons or bookmarks to make it easier to move back and forth. It can be confusing at first but then you will get the hang of it.

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