|Magnificat hosts Living Praise Worship Team from Ohio - Aug 12|
|2012 - Features|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012 22:33|
The Hyatt Regency Ballroom came alive on June 19 as Mary, Tower of Strength Magnificat Chapter hosted the eight Magnificat Meal which is an essential function of Magnificat. The event provided the opportunity for a shared meal, fellowship, praise and worship, personal testimony, and intercessory prayer.
Magnificat began in October 1981 in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, founded by a group of Catholic women “open more and more to the Holy Spirit” through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord, and to “impact the Holy Spirit” to one another by their love, service, hospitality, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. It also provides opportunities which foster a desire to grow in holiness.
Magnificat is dedicated to Mary, the mother of God, an image of the Church and model for all women. An ever-expanding ministry to Catholic women, though born of and nurtured by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Magnificat invites all Catholic women to become members. Faith in the person of Jesus Christ has allowed them to believe in the activity of God’s Spirit in their lives. It also has a great appeal to those women who may be struggling with faith or who have lost touch with the Church. There are 75 Magnificat Chapters internationally and nine new Chapters in formation. Here at home there are three Chapters in Trinidad and one in Tobago, with a total of 10 Chapters in the Caribbean.
The scene of the visitation provides inspiration for this ministry, which adopts the name of Mary’s hymn of praise – My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord (Luke 1:46), and the spirit of this biblical encounter as its own. Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, this woman-to-woman ministry within the Roman Catholic Church attempts to generate a lively faith in God and his actions in our lives, along with a love for Mary and the Church.
The highlight of the Magnificat Meal is the personal testimony of a woman of faith who “sings her Magnificat”. This year our specially invited guests were the Living Praise Worship Team from Steubenville, Ohio, led by Susan Potvin, who shared her testimony.
The Living Praise Worship Team consists of six talented, spirit-filled and anointed women who said “Yes” founded on the call to live lives of praise and to draw others into the presence of God through music, prayer and worship. Their music ministry during the Magnificat Meal and their Ministry throughout their visit certainly led us in authentic praise. Their inspiring and anointed music took us into the presence of the Lord and the live worship experience at the Hyatt Regency fostered this renewed spirit of praise.
The personal testimony of Susan revealed a strong, Spirit-filled woman sharing faith, hope, love, and forgiveness to an enthusiastic and inspired audience. In her testimony Susan shared how her faith was severely challenged through the unfortunate decisions taken by her eldest son, which impacted negatively on the lives of the entire family. Through these challenges she learnt to trust God in a deeper and more powerful way. She encouraged the women present to never forsake their children and to continue loving and praying for them regardless of how hopeless the situation might appear.
In closing, Susan left us with inspiring words to bring into our everyday lives: “Papa, please provide”, “Proclaim God’s love over life”, “Do only what the Father wants today” and “Remember not the events of the past”. These words renewed her hope in God during her time of need and will continue to resonate in our hearts; truly we can say like Mary, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my Spirit exalts in God my Saviour”.
May Mary’s spirit of obedience and joy be in each of us to proclaim the greatness of the Lord. – Mary, Tower of Strength Magnificat Chapter