Mary Gladly Told Her Cousin
A Hymn for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Year C – December 20, 2009
Can be sung to IRBY 18.104.22.168.7.7
(“Once in Royal David’s City” PH #49)
Mary gladly told her cousin, “Praise the Lord! My spirit sings!”
Young and humble, she’d been chosen! God was surely changing things!
God of love, her words ring true As we sing her prayer to you:
“Now my soul is gladly singing At the greatness of the Lord.
I rejoice, for God is bringing His salvation to the world.
All who live will say I’m blest Even in my lowliness.
“God is mighty, just and holy, And he’s done great things for me.
Those who fear him know the mercy That God gives us endlessly.
Mighty ones are brought down low; Lowly ones find blessings flow.
“God has filled the poor and hungry, And he’s sent the rich away.
God is active here in history, In a real and wondrous way.
God has promised, and I’m blessed, For I know God’s faithfulness.”
Biblical reference: Luke 1:39-56.
Tune: Henry John Gauntlett, 1849.
Text: Copyright ©2009 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. E-mail: [email protected]
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Discipleship Resources/Upper Room Books, 2009) and Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today’s Worship (Geneva Press, 2000) and the co-pastor of Limestone Church in Wilmington, Del.
The lyrics alone are being published one per week in the Outlook magazine, but waiting for each issue gives you little time to work the hymn texts into your worship plans. So we are offering them to you all NOW and all READY to print out for bulletin inserting beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 29 – in full music manuscript, like they would appear in a hymnal. You download a master, and then print as many copies as you need for your worship services.