Magnificat
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. Amen.

Overall Meaning

The song "Magnificat" is a religious hymn which was sung by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of St. Maurice & St. Maur Clevaux. The song is based on the Biblical account of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her visit to her cousin Elizabeth. When she meets Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist, Mary sings this song to glorify and praise God. The lyrics of the song are Mary's words, expressing her awe and gratitude towards God for choosing her to bear His Son.


The first few lines of the song, "My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," express Mary's joy and reverence for God. She recognizes that she is blessed by God and that all generations will call her blessed. In the next few lines, Mary acknowledges that God has shown mercy to those who fear Him, and He has exalted the humble and meek. Mary also praises God for remembering His mercy towards His people Israel, fulfilling the promise he made to Abraham and his seed. Lastly, the song ends with a Trinitarian doxology, giving glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.


Line by Line Meaning

My soul doth magnify the Lord
I praise the Lord with all my being.


and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
My heart is uplifted with joy because God is my Savior.


For he hath regarded the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
God has taken notice of me even though I am humble and insignificant.


For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
From this moment on, people will honor and remember me.


For he that is mighty hath magnified me and holy is his Name.
God, the Almighty, has raised my status and is holy.


And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
God's compassion is shown to those who revere Him for all ages to come.


He hath shewed strength with his arm he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
With his power, God has brought down the arrogance of those who exalt themselves in their own minds.


He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek.
God has humbled the powerful and lifted up the weak and humble.


He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hath sent empty away.
God has satisfied the needy with good things, but the wealthy have gone away with nothing.


He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
God has fulfilled His promise to help the people of Israel because of His mercy and faithfulness to Abraham and his descendants for all time.


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.
Let us give glory to the Holy Trinity, as we always have and always will, forever and ever. Amen.




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Written by: Thomas Weelkes

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