Words of Current Interest

The words in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE QUARTERLY designated to be read in Christian Science churches on December 21, 1969.

Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee (Luke 1:28)

The form of address chaire (Hail) was not uncommon, nor was it particularly unusual to say, "the Lord is with thee"; but the phrase "thou that art highly favoured," or "O favored one," as the Revised Standard Version has it, seems to have been all but unprecedented. This, no doubt, was what caused Mary to be "troubled" at the salutation of the angel (verse 29). This view is supported by the angel's response, "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God" (verse 30).

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour (Luke 1:46, 47)

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Signs of the Times
December 13, 1969

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