Magnificat
Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir & Orchestra Lyrics


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Miserere mei, Deus
Secundum magnam
Misericordiam tuam
Et secundum multitudinem
Miserationum tuarum
Dele iniquitatem meam




Overall Meaning

The lyrics of the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir & Orchestra's song "Magnificat" are based on a passage from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible, specifically from Psalm 51:1-2. The phrase "Miserere mei, Deus" translates to "Have mercy on me, O God" and sets the tone for a heartfelt plea for forgiveness and salvation. The use of Latin in sacred music conveys a sense of reverence and tradition, enhancing the emotional depth of the lyrics.


The following lines, "Secundum magnam misericordiam tuam et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum," express a recognition of God's abundant mercy and compassion towards believers. The idea of seeking God's mercy in proportion to His great compassion emphasizes the believer's humility and reliance on divine grace for redemption. This reflects a profound theological understanding that forgiveness and salvation are gifts freely given by God out of His boundless love and mercy.


Continuing with "Dele iniquitatem meam," the lyrics implore God to cleanse the singer of their sins and iniquities. This request for spiritual purification shows a deep longing for moral renewal and a desire to be reconciled with God. The use of the word "iniquitatem" conveys a sense of wrongdoing or moral transgression, highlighting the singer's acknowledgement of their own faults and the need for forgiveness.


Overall, the lyrics of "Magnificat" carry a message of repentance, humility, and reliance on God's mercy and compassion for spiritual healing and renewal. Through the language of prayer and supplication, the song invites listeners to reflect on their own need for forgiveness and grace, and to seek divine mercy as a source of comfort and redemption. The sacred tones and solemnity of the music further amplify the emotional impact of the lyrics, drawing the listener into a contemplative space of introspection and spiritual connection.


Line by Line Meaning

Miserere mei, Deus
Have mercy on me, O God


Secundum magnam
According to your great


Misericordiam tuam
compassion,


Et secundum multitudinem
and according to the multitude


Miserationum tuarum
of your mercies,


Dele iniquitatem meam
Blot out my iniquity




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