The canticle of the Magnificat
composed by Mary Mother of God
What does Magnificat mean?
Magnificat: A Latin word, the first word of the hymn of thanksgiving sung by the Most Blessed Virgin Mary during Her visit to Her cousin Elizabeth. The entire narrative of Her Visitation and Her hymn are found in the Gospel according to Saint Luke 1:39-56.
Mary's Hymn of the Magnificat
1. My soul doth magnify the Lord,
2. And My spirit hath rejoiced in God My Saviour.
3. Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call Me blessed.
4. Because He who is mighty hath done great things to Me; and holy is His name.
5. And His mercy is from generation unto generation to those who fear Him.
6. He hath shown might with His arm, He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
7. He hath put down the mighty from their throne, and hath exalted the humble.
8. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.
9. He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy,
10. As He promised our Fathers: Abraham and his posterity forever.
Magnificat in Latin
1. Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum.
2. Et exsultávit spíritus meus in Deo salutári meo.
3. Quia respéxit humilitátem ancíllæ suæ: Ecce enim ex hoc beátam me dicent omnes generatiónes.
4. Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est: et sanctum nomen ejus.
5. Et misericórdia ejus a progénie in progénies timéntibus eum.
6. Fecit poténtiam in bráchio suo: dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui.
7. Depósuit poténtes de sede, et exaltávit húmiles.
8. Esuriéntes implévit bonis: et dívites dimísit inánes.
9. Suscépit Ísraël púerum suum, recordátus misericórdiæ suæ.
10. Sicut locútus est ad patres nostros, Ábraham et sémini ejus in saécula.