Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo
Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes
Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est et sanctum nomen eius
Et misericordia eius in progenies timentibus eum
Fecit potentiam in brachio suo dispersit superbos mente cordis sui
Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles
Esurientes implevit bonis et divitis dimitis inanes
Suscepit Israel puerum suum recordatus misericordiae suae
Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros Abraham et semini eius in saecula
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in principio, in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
And we’re done! It runs about 30 minutes and features some fabulous Bach harmonies. The piece is at least 278 years old, and now I’ve performed it twice. Though I haven’t had the very real honour of performing the two soprano solos, it is such a priviledge to be part of the over quarter-millenium legacy surrounding the work. And it’s a super way to celebrate Christmas!
Magnificat being one of the most anticipated and preparation-heavy aspects of the season this year, I feel like I’m over the hump! It’s all easier from here on in.
Still have some gifts to make, most specifically the needle-roll (or whatever it’s going to be, maybe a small project bag with little pockets for scissors and stitch markers and such) for SIL. I think tomorrow will be a project-y kind of day. I’ve spent the last few days reading – for some reason, I really wanted to re-read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I’m not sure why. But I’ve read through them so back to the knitting and sewing. Benefits of knitting over sewing: I get to sit on my comfy sofa, watch movies, and sniff my Christmas tree while I do it. I can’t do any of those things while I sew on my machine.
Mmm, and maybe Christmas cookies should happen soon…pretty ones in fun shapes with icing and crystal-y sugar.