Our Lady’s Musical Selection: Two Magnificats

We missed our Sunday musical selection, so here is one for Our Lady on her birthday, J.S. Bach’s magnificent Magnificat, published in 1733, likely for the feast of the Visitation (May 31st), based on an earlier version in 1723. It is one of the composer’s most performed choral works, and no wonder:

And here is a version of the Magnificat by the incomparable Palestrina, brilliant and exquisite. The final Amen…well, take a listen:

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A drowning man prayed for help. God sent a floating tiki bar filled with priests.

CNA Staff, Sep 8, 2020 / 06:07 pm (CNA).- When Jimmy Macdonald found himself floundering in the waters of Lake George in New York next to his tipped kayak, he thought he might die.

He had been enjoying a relaxing August day on the lake with his family, meditating and snapping pictures. He kept his lifejacket in the boat – he didn’t think he would need it, he told Glens Falls Living.

But his kayak ended up drifting, and suddenly he found himself far from shore and from his wife and stepchildren. Despite the rough waters, he still thought he could make it back to shore, and so he waved on several boats that had stopped to offer help.

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