Magnificat
St. John of SF Monastery 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 St. John of SF Monastery's song "Magnificat" are a biblical reference to the Virgin Mary’s response upon hearing that she would become pregnant with the son of God. The song is a celebration of salvation and God’s mercy not only for Mary but for all who are faithful to God. The first few lines describe Mary’s joy and exultation in the Lord for the miraculous gift she has been given. She then acknowledges her humble position as a lowly servant, yet God has chosen her to bear His son, which will cause all generations to call her blessed. This is a reflection of the Catholic and Orthodox belief in the importance of Mary’s role in salvation, and her unparalleled devotion to God.


The middle lines highlight the powerful deeds God has performed throughout history, such as the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt, and His continued protection of Israel despite their unfaithfulness. The lines proclaim His strength and mercy upon those who fear Him, and He has shown His power by humbling the proud and raising up the meek. Finally, the song ends with the glory of the Holy Trinity, acknowledging their majesty and eternal presence.


In summary, the song "Magnificat" is a song of praise that celebrates God’s mercy and salvation. It draws from Mary’s response in the Bible and highlights the importance of her role in salvation history. The song also acknowledges the powerful deeds that God has performed in the past and continues to perform in the present. The lyrics not only praise God but also express the wonder of the gift of salvation for all who trust in Him.


Line by Line Meaning

My soul doth magnify the Lord
My innermost being praises and acknowledges the greatness of the Lord


and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
My soul is filled with joy and gratitude for God who saved me


For he hath regarded the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
God has looked upon me, an insignificant being, with favor and kindness


For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
From this day on, all people will recognize and venerate me as a blessed one


For he that is mighty hath magnified me and holy is his Name.
Because God, who is powerful and majestic, has lifted me up and exalted me, his Name is holy


And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
All those who have reverence and awe for God will receive his merciful care and blessings, now and forever


He hath shewed strength with his arm he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
God has exhibited his might and power by destroying the arrogant and haughty people in their hearts


He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek.
God has humbled the mighty and exalted the humble and lowly ones, according to his plan


He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hath sent empty away.
God has filled the needy with abundance and left the wealthy with nothing because of their self-righteousness


He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
Because of his steadfast love and faithfulness, God has rescued and helped his people Israel, fulfilling his promise made to Abraham and his descendants


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
Let us give honor and praise to the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit


As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
May the glory and dominion of God, which have existed from eternity to eternity, continue forever and ever. Amen.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Thomas Weelkes

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