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Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo
Quia respexit humilitatem ancille sue
Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes
Quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est
et sanctum nomen ejus
Et misericordia ejus 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
misericordie sue
Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros
Abraham et semini ejus in secula
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc

et semper, et in secula seculorum

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Magnificat" are a Latin hymn based on the Gospel of Luke, particularly Mary's song of praise known as the Magnificat. The opening lines "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" translate to "My soul magnifies the Lord," expressing Mary's gratitude and praise towards God. The following lines, "Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo," convey the joy and exultation of Mary's spirit in God her savior.

The next few lines highlight the theme of humility and the divine favor shown to the lowly, as Mary acknowledges that God has looked favorably upon her humble state as His servant. The following verse emphasizes the greatness and mercy of God, reflecting on how all generations will call Mary blessed for the magnificence bestowed upon her by the Almighty. This section celebrates God's power and holiness, as well as His enduring mercy towards those who fear Him.

The subsequent verses depict God's actions of strength and justice, as He brings down the proud and lifts up the humble. He provides for the hungry while sending the wealthy away empty-handed, echoing themes of social justice and the reversal of fortunes found throughout the Bible. The hymn remembers God's promises to His people, particularly to Abraham and his descendants, affirming His faithfulness throughout the generations.

The closing lines give glory to the Holy Trinity - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - as the hymn declares praise and worship to the eternal and unchanging God. The use of the phrase "Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper" signifies the eternal nature of God's existence and His unending reign over all time, concluding with the affirmation "Amen" as a seal of agreement and affirmation of the truths expressed in the hymn. Overall, "Magnificat" is a profound declaration of faith, gratitude, and praise towards God for His mercy, power, and faithfulness to His people throughout history.

Written by: Johannes Martini

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