Magnificat
Choir of Clare College Cambridge / Dmitri Ensemble / Carolyn Sampson / Graham Ross Lyrics


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"Magnificat, anima mea, Dominum et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo, salutari meo. Quia respexit humilitatem ancillæ suæ: ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes. Quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius, et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum. Fecit potentiam in brachio suo, dispersit superbos mente cordis sui. Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes. Suscepit Israel puerum suum recordatus misericordiæ suæ, sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in sæcula. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto: Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum
Amen

My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour Because He hath regarded the humility of his handmaid: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because He that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation unto generations to them that fear Him. He hath shewed might in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our fathers to Abraham and his seed forever. 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

These lyrics are a Latin interpretation of the biblical passage known as the "Magnificat," which is also known as the Song of Mary or the Canticle of Mary. The Magnificat is a hymn of praise and thanksgiving that Mary, the mother of Jesus, sang after she was visited by the angel Gabriel and learned that she would become the mother of the Son of God.


In these lyrics, Mary's soul is magnifying and glorifying the Lord. Her spirit is filled with joy and rejoices in God, her Savior. Mary acknowledges that God has noticed and esteemed her lowly and humble state, and she recognizes that generations to come will call her blessed because of the great favor God has shown her.


Mary acknowledges that God, who is mighty, has done great things for her. She reveres His holy name, and she understands that His mercy extends not only to her but to all who fear Him throughout generations. Mary recognizes that God's power is evident in His actions, as He has scattered the proud and brought down the mighty. He has lifted up the humble and filled the needy with good things, while sending the rich away empty-handed.


Mary acknowledges that God has also taken care of His chosen people, Israel, and has shown mercy by fulfilling the promises He made to the patriarchs, specifically Abraham and his descendants.


The lyrics conclude with the Gloria Patri, a doxology that praises the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This doxology affirms that God's glory and presence have existed from the beginning and will continue for eternity. The final "Amen" signifies agreement and affirmation of the prayer.


Overall, these lyrics express Mary's gratitude, awe, and praise for the blessings and promises fulfilled in her life through God's mercy and faithfulness.


Line by Line Meaning

Magnificat, anima mea, Dominum et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo, salutari meo.
I praise, O my soul, the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.


Quia respexit humilitatem ancillæ suæ: ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.
Because he has looked upon the lowliness of his servant: for behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.


Quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius, et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum.
Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name, and his mercy is upon those who fear him from generation to generation.


Fecit potentiam in brachio suo, dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.


Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.


Suscepit Israel puerum suum recordatus misericordiæ suæ, sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in sæcula.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.


Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto: Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum Amen
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




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