This week the choir sings the anthem, “A New Magnificat,” by Carolyn Jennings. The anthem combines the text of Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) with the Song of Hannah (1 Sam. 2:1-10). The similarity between these two biblical texts is brought into sharp focus: the two mothers, one from each testament, sing to each other about the graciousness of God’s salvation. Jennings is professor emeritus at St. Olaf’s College, Northfield, Minnesota, where she taught for many years.