Magnificat
St. John's College Choir Cambridge & Christopher Robinson 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" by the St. John's College Choir Cambridge & Christopher Robinson are taken from the biblical passage in Luke 1:46-55, where Mary, the mother of Jesus, expresses her joy and praise to God after finding out she will bear the Son of God. The lyrics are a testament to Mary's humility, gratitude, and faith.


In the opening lines, Mary declares that her soul magnifies the Lord and her spirit rejoices in God her Savior. She acknowledges that God has recognized her humble state and that future generations will consider her blessed. Mary recognizes the magnificence and holiness of God while affirming His mercy towards those who fear Him through all generations.


Mary continues to sing of God's strength, as He lifts up the meek and humble, while bringing down the proud and mighty. She emphasizes how God fills the hungry with good things while sending the rich away empty-handed. Mary also acknowledges God's faithfulness to His promises, particularly His covenant with Abraham and his descendants.


The song concludes with a declaration of glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, signifying the eternal nature of God. It acknowledges that this glory has existed from the beginning, is present now, and will endure forever.


Overall, the lyrics of "Magnificat" represent Mary's deep sense of gratitude, praise, and trust in God's providence. She glorifies Him for His mercy, strength, justice, and faithfulness throughout generations.


Line by Line Meaning

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


And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
And my innermost self is filled with joy in God who saves me.


For he hath regarded: The lowliness of his hand-maiden.
For he has paid attention to the humbleness of his servant.


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


For he that is mighty hath magnified me: And holy is his Name.
For the Almighty has made me great, and his Name is holy.


And his mercy is on them that fear him: Throughout all generations.
And his compassion is upon those who revere him, for all time.


He hath shewed strength with his arm: He hath scattered the proud in the Imagination of their hearts.
He has demonstrated his power with his might, and he has scattered the arrogant in their own conceit.


He hath put down the mighty from their seat: And hath exalted the humble and meek.
He has dethroned the powerful from their positions, and has elevated the lowly and gentle.


He hath filled the hungry with good things: And the rich he hath sent empty away.
He has satisfied the hungry with abundance, and has sent the wealthy away empty-handed.


He remembering his mercy hath holpen His servant Israel:
He has remembered his mercy and has helped his servant, Israel:


As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
According to his promise to our ancestors, namely Abraham and his descendants forever.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: And to the Holy Ghost
Praise and honor 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.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever: endless existence.


Amen.
So be it.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Bryan Kelly

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