Magnificat: A Canticle of Mary, A Lesson for Us
"My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm: He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He has sent empty away. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever."
Mary rejoices in God her Savior upon receiving the news that the God of the universe will come to dwell in her and she will become the mother of God. Elizabeth later greets her and say "Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?" It's mind blowing just to think about!
This is the time of year when Christians should try to obey the scripture by calling her blessed. Catholics believe that we can and should call her blessed more often than just at Christmas. Mary is the model christian for all of us. She said: Let it be done to me according to thy word. Would that we all start our day with this prayer of submission to God.
(BTW, Catholics honor Mary, but don't worship her, That's reserved for God alone.)
"Our prayer should include the Mother of God . . . What the Hail Mary says is that all glory should be given to God, using these words: "Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus Christ. Amen!" You see that these words are not concerned with prayer but purely with giving praise and honor . . . We can use the Hail Mary as a meditation in which we recite what grace God has given her. Second, we should add a wish that everyone may know and respect her . . . He who has no faith is advised to refrain from saying the Hail Mary."