For worshipers, this daylong event of prayer, reflection, and music allowed them to unite as a church.
“I wish I could live everyday like today because it is breathtaking for me,” said Ernesto Alvarado.
“It blew me away. Everybody. And the feeling in the room, the energy in the room, was incredible,” said Joanie Troast.
This celebration also gave Magnificat readers the chance to express their devotion for the sacred literature.
“I just love the Magnificat, and I just love the message that it promotes!” said Joanne O’Leary.
Father Anthony Sansone, the pastor of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church in Ridgewood, Queens said, “I have been part of the Magnificat family for, practically, all 25 years of its existence. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this anniversary.”
“Its just a part of my daily prayer life, my formation as a catholic,” said Carrie Hall.
Many worshipers called this event a spiritual boost at a time when the Church is facing the clergy sex abuse crisis.
“Very uplifting. I think it’s what we need right now, especially in our country. I loved every minute of it,” said O’Leary.
“I think its touched the minds and hearts of so many people, and through all of the difficulties we’re going through right now, this is kind of a B-12 shot that we needed,” said Father Sansone. “It reassures us of the presence of god guiding his church consistently and constantly.”
Hall, a lay Catholic and mother, saw the event as a way to build the future of the Church through religious vocations.
“I have a daughter in formation to be a sister; so for me, it’s encouraging to see people still supporting vocations, supporting our church, supporting our priests and religious.”
And it was a day for all to support the Magnificat and strengthen the faith.