Magnificat
Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice & Saint-Maur 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 handmaiden
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
Amen

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Magnificat, sung by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice & Saint-Maur Clervaux, are a powerful and moving expression of gratitude and praise towards God. The song is based on the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus, found in the Gospel of Luke. Mary sings these words as she meets her cousin Elizabeth, who is carrying John the Baptist in her womb. The song is known as the Magnificat or the Song of Mary, and it expresses Mary's joy and wonder at the greatness and mercy of God.


The first line of the song, "My soul doth magnify the Lord," expresses Mary's deep sense of gratitude and reverence towards God. The next line, "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," emphasizes Mary's personal relationship with God and her experience of his salvation. The following lines describe God's favor towards Mary, as he regards the lowliness of his handmaiden and magnifies her. The song goes on to praise God's mercy and strength, and his power to exalt the humble and meek while bringing down the proud and mighty. The song ends with a doxology, or a statement of praise, to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Line by Line Meaning

My soul doth magnify the Lord
My innermost being amplifies the greatness of the Lord


And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour
And in God my Savior, my innermost being is filled with great joy


For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden
For He has noticed the humility of his servant


For behold, from henceforth
For from now on,


All generations shall call me blessed.
All generations will consider me fortunate.


For he that is mighty hath magnified me
Because the Almighty has made me great


And holy is his Name
And His name exudes holiness


And his mercy is on them that fear him
And His mercy is upon those who respect Him


Throughout all generations
For all generations


He hath shewed strength with his arm
He has displayed power with His strength


He hath scattered the proud
He has dispersed those who are arrogant


In the imagination of their hearts
in the very depths of their minds


He hath put down the mighty from their seat
He has toppled rulers from their thrones


And hath exalted the humble and meek
And has lifted up the humble and meek


He hath filled the hungry with good things
He has satisfied the hungry with good things


And the rich he hath sent empty away
And the rich He has sent away with nothing


He remembering his mercy
He remembered His mercy


Hath holpen his servant Israel
Helped His servant Israel


As he promised to our forefathers
As He promised our ancestors


Abraham and his seed for ever
Abraham and his descendants forever


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
Praise the Father, the Son,


And to the Holy Ghost
And the Holy Spirit


As it was in the beginning, is now
As it was in the beginning, it is now


And ever shall be: world without end
And forever will be: A world without end


Amen
Let it be so




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Gerre Hancock

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