Anonymous Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of St. Maurice & St. Maur Clevaux Lyrics

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""My soul doth magnify the Lord:
And my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded:
The lowliness of his hand-maiden.
For behold, from henceforth:
All generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me:
And holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him:
Throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm:
He hath scattered the proud in the
Imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
And hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things:
And the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen
His servant Israel:
As he promised to our forefathers,
Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
And to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be:

World without end.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Magnificat" by the Anonymous Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of St. Maurice & St. Maur Clevaux are a sacred proclamation of praise and thanksgiving. The song is a rendition of the Magnificat, a canticle found in the Gospel of Luke, where Mary, the mother of Jesus, expresses her gratitude and joy to God for choosing her to bear the Savior of the world.

In the opening lines, "My soul doth magnify the Lord: And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," Mary acknowledges the greatness of God and her deep joy in being chosen for this divine purpose. She humbly recognizes her own lowliness and the exalted status bestowed upon her by God. The lyrics reflect Mary's acceptance of her role in God's plan and her willingness to submit to His will.

The following verses emphasize the themes of God's mercy, justice, and faithfulness. Mary praises God for his mercy towards those who fear Him and for His strength in bringing down the proud and lifting up the humble. The lyrics highlight God's care for the vulnerable and marginalized, as He fills the hungry with good things and humbles the rich.

The song also references God's promises to His people, specifically to the forefathers Abraham and his descendants. Mary acknowledges that God has remembered His mercy towards Israel and has fulfilled His covenant promises. The lyrics affirm the eternal nature of God's faithfulness and the continuity of His plan throughout generations.

In the closing lines, the lyrics offer a doxology - a declaration of praise to the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The song concludes with an affirmation of the eternal nature of God's glory and reign, echoing the sentiment that God's presence and faithfulness endure forever. The "Amen" signifies a solemn affirmation of the truth and significance of the words expressed, sealing the proclamation of praise and worship.

Written by: Bryan Kelly

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