Magnificat
Choir Of St. John's College 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 to the song "Magnificat" are based on the biblical text known as the Song of Mary or the Magnificat, found in the Gospel of Luke. This particular interpretation is performed by the Choir of St. John's College Cambridge, conducted by Christopher Robinson and accompanied by Jonathan Vaughn.



The opening line, "My soul doth magnify the Lord," expresses Mary's profound gratitude and joy at being chosen to bear the Son of God. She acknowledges God as her Savior and recognizes her own humility as a "hand-maiden" in comparison to His greatness. Mary also realizes that her role in bringing forth Jesus will be revered throughout all generations.



The lyrics highlight the power and mercy of God. He is described as mighty, holy, and full of mercy towards those who fear Him. God's strength is emphasized in His ability to overthrow the proud and exalt the humble and meek. He is a provider, filling the hungry with good things while sending the rich away empty. The lyrics also mention God's faithfulness to His promises, specifically to Abraham and his descendants, including the people of Israel.



The song concludes with a prayer of praise, acknowledging the Holy Trinity - the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It emphasizes the eternal nature of God and His continuous presence throughout time.



Line by Line Meaning

My soul doth magnify the Lord:
My innermost being praises and glorifies the Lord,


And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
And my innermost self is filled with joy in God, my Savior.


For he hath regarded:
Because He has looked upon,


The lowliness of his hand-maiden.
The humbleness and servitude of his faithful servant.


For behold, from henceforth:
For now and forever,


All generations shall call me blessed.
Every generation will recognize my blessedness.


For he that is mighty hath magnified me:
For the Almighty has uplifted and honored me,


And holy is his Name.
And His Name is holy and sacred.


And his mercy is on them that fear him:
And His mercy is extended to those who show reverence and fear towards Him:


Throughout all generations.
For all generations to come.


He hath shewed strength with his arm:
He has displayed His power through His actions:


He hath scattered the proud in the Imagination of their hearts.
He has scattered the arrogant who have become lost in their own self-importance and delusions.


He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
He has humbled the powerful and removed them from their positions of authority:


And hath exalted the humble and meek.
And has elevated those who are humble and gentle in nature.


He hath filled the hungry with good things:
He has filled the hungry with abundant blessings and provisions:


And the rich he hath sent empty away.
While He has left the wealthy empty-handed and devoid of true fulfillment.


He remembering his mercy hath holpen His servant Israel:
By remembering His merciful nature, He has come to the aid of His servant Israel:


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


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
Let glory and honor be given to the Father and to the Son,


And to the Holy Ghost As it was in the beginning, is now, And ever shall be:
And also to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now,


World without end.
And will be for all eternity.


Amen.
Amen.




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Written by: Bryan Kelly

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