Magnificat
Cathedral Choir 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 lyrics of Cathedral Choir's song "Magnificat" are based on the biblical passage known as the Magnificat, which is Mary's song of praise found in the Gospel of Luke. This passage is a hymn to the greatness and mercy of God, as well as a reflection on social justice and the reversal of fortunes. The song starts with Mary acknowledging her soul's magnification of the Lord and her spirit rejoicing in God, her Savior.


Mary recognizes that God has regarded her lowliness as his handmaiden and declares that all generations shall call her blessed. She acknowledges the mightiness and holiness of God's name, as well as his mercy for those who fear him throughout generations.


The following lines speak to God's actions in the world. He has shown strength with his arm, scattering the proud who hold arrogant thoughts in their hearts. He has brought down the mighty from their positions of power and elevated the humble and meek. He has also provided for the hungry, filling them with good things, while sending the rich away empty-handed.


The song concludes with a reminder of God's mercy toward his servant Israel, in fulfillment of his promise to their forefathers, specifically to Abraham and his descendants. The lyrics end with a doxology, giving glory to the Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost - for all eternity.


Overall, "Magnificat" is a powerful and profound song that reflects on Mary's response to her role in God's plan, while also portraying themes of social justice and the transformative power of God on society.


Line by Line Meaning

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


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


For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden
Because he has noticed the humbleness of his servant


For behold, from henceforth All generations shall call me blessed
From now on, all future generations will consider me blessed


For he that is mighty hath magnified me
For the powerful one has glorified and elevated me


And holy is his Name
And his Name is sacred


And his mercy is on them that fear him Throughout all generations
And his mercy extends to those who hold him in awe, for all generations


He hath shewed strength with his arm
He has demonstrated his power through his actions


He hath scattered the proud In the imagination of their hearts
He has scattered the arrogant in the depths of their thoughts and desires


He hath put down the mighty from their seat
He has removed the powerful from their positions of authority


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


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


And the rich he hath sent empty away
But the wealthy he has sent away empty-handed


He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel
He, in remembrance of his mercy, has helped his servant Israel


As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever
Just as he promised our ancestors, Abraham and his descendants, forever


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son And to the Holy Ghost
Let there be glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit


As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever


World without end.
A never-ending world


Amen.
So be it.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Philip Wilby

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@samhyans5403

One of the most amazing things I've ever listened to in my life.

@christopher1800

The entire album “Magnificat” is an absolute thrill... I can honestly say I’ve never heard anything like it. If you have a good surround set (preferably Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 capable, but 5.1 will do as well) and something that can pass the sound through to your AVR, you’ll feel like you’re right there in that church. Goosebumps and tears.

@erwinkruise-jh3kw

You're so right....I love it

@yordankaacosta2849

One of the Bible's passages that speaks to me levels upon levels of meaning. I'm a follower of Arnesen's music. This is sublime.

@johnmartinalde5026

The voices perfectly blended. It is a foretaste of what the choir of angels in heaven would sound like.

@nojerruof

Magnificence! The soloist, the orchestra, the organist, and most of all, The Nidarosdomen Jentekor- whose sweet, incredible voices evoke a heavenly choir. The single most talented choir on Earth, and possibly, in Heaven itself. My two granddaughters are totally in love with Jentekor. This song and Cradle Hymn are their nightly lullabies. My older granddaughter says, "Their music is so peaceful and calming", to which I add my own comment that even after the worst of days, the sound of the Nidarosdomen Jentekor invariably calms and soothes me! Kudos, bravissimo, Anita Brevik - yours is the soul of music. God's Blessing to you all, Jentekor, you are all quite magnificent! Best regards, Dr. Jon A. Fourre

@davidschneider3790

One of the most beautiful pieces ever written, with one of the most gorgeous performances!! Thank you!!

@hoxtonbonnet2050

If someone was to ask me what an angel sounds like when she sings, I would tell them to listen to this!

@enricomedici4609

Musica divina ....entra nel cuore tra i migliori canti gregoriani

@susanflakes6968

The atmosphere is charged for great CHANGE...its scaring some..but I love it..because I am standing on powerful WORD..just recounting to myself and I am so excited! Emmanuel!

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