By Denis S. Kulandaisamy, in Ephemerides Mariologicae 66 (2016), 61-74.
«The canticle of the Magnificat has always held an eminent place in the life of the Church, not only in the liturgy and the popular piety but also in the exegetical and theological study. The bibliography on the Magnificat is so vast that one can easily understand how much the 'Canticle of Mary' has been an object of research and study throughout the centuries, especially In the last few decades. The Lukan account of the visitation culminates in the Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55). In the Magnificat, the Virgin Mary glorifies God for the works of mercy accomplished by Him in herself (vv. 48-50), in the poor (vv. 51-53), and in the people of Israel (vv 54-55). This article focuses on the theme of God's tender mercy, within the context of Lukan infancy narratives, with a special reference to the Magnificat The article is divided into two parts: the first part is dedicated to the literary elements of the hymn, such as literary genre, context, authorship, structure, Jewish background, etc. The second part will deal with the main theme of the study: the tender mercy of God in the Magnificat[...]».