Five-hundred years ago, Martin Luther published his Commentary on the “Magnificat” or Mary’s Song from Luke 1:46-55. This text was sung or read at every evening prayer for well over a thousand years. It also is a primary reading for worship in the season of Advent. The ELCA Wittenberg Center invites you to a three-part webinar entitled “The Magnificat: Turning the World Upside Down.”
This webinar series is a collaborative effort across the Service and Justice unit of the ELCA led by the Europe Desk through the ELCA Wittenberg Center. Each of the featured speakers will bring a unique perspective to both the biblical text and Luther’s commentary.
Wednesday Dec 15: “My Soul Magnifies the Lord: The Gift of Mary’s Voice”
Rev. Dr. Wanda Deifelt (Luther College) & the Rev. Heidi Neumark (Trinity Lutheran, Manhattan) will explore the biblical text from Luke, its interpretation and use over the centuries.
Thursday Dec 16: “Brought Down the Mighty from Their Thrones: The Strength of Mary’s Voice”
The Rev. Dr. Mary Lowe (Augsburg University) & the Rev. Angela Trejos Hagger (Lutheran Augsburg Seminary in Mexico) will explore Luther’s Commentary on the Magnificat and the response with the church to Mary’s song.
Friday Dec 17: “From Generation to Generation: The Future of Mary’s Voice”
The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin (United Lutheran Seminary) & the Rev. Dr. Mercedes Garcia Bachman (Institute for Contextual Pastoral Studies of the Evangelical United Lutheran Church in Argentina and Uruguay (IELU)) will explore the implication of the texts for the future of humanity and all creation.
All sessions will be held from 1:00-2:00pm ET. Please register by December 10th. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Later, a free copy of Luther’s Commentary on the Magnificat, courtesy of Fortress Press, will be sent to you.