CW: Mentions of sexual assault
I wrote this Magnificat-and-not (nullius minuat) litany for a worship service first celebrated December 31, 2017. The sermon is titled, “Magnificat and #MeToo”. It is a call and response between the Magnificat of Mary (Luke 1:46-55) and an imagined response by Tamar, daughter of David, after she was raped by her half-brother Amnon.
You are welcome to use this litany as part of such a worship service, with citation. For other uses or citations, please contact me.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
My soul is exposed in shame before the Lord, and my spirit is broken for
he has turned away from his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
Through the generations my cries will fade to silence, for my honor has
been stolen and justice denied.
His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
The ones whom God set over me showed no mercy, even in my fear.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
His strength overpowered me, then cast me aside once his purpose was
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
The powerful in their thrones have brought me down low; have sated
sinful hungers for flesh and vengeance with my innocence, and have sent
me away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
God’s servant Israel has laid me bare, with no echo of mercy, and the
promises of my ancestors have been denied me. May the daughters of
my brokenness hear, and echo, and refuse to be silenced.