The Magnificat

Mary’s time has been fulfilled. She will give birth to the Blessed One. That we celebrate now. “Let it be according to your Word!” The Magnificat was given for many reasons but one of those might be for us, His people, to reflect on what it means to us to have the Savior she nurtured for us. How is He moving in you? Is He moving as He did in Mary at this most delicate moment in her life? What is He speaking to you today? Receive Him and be fulfilled in His love and grace this moment. He is waiting to give you these and more.

The Magnificat (Luke 1)

English Standard

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

New American Standard

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; And holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is unto generations and generations On them that fear him. 51 He hath showed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart. 52 He hath put down princes from their thrones, And hath exalted them of low degree. 53 The hungry he hath filled with good things; And the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy 55 (As he spake unto our fathers) Toward Abraham and his seed for ever.

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4 thoughts on “The Magnificat

  1. This, then, is the meaning of these words of the Mother of God : “In all those great and good things there is naught of mine, but He Who alone doeth all things, and Whose power worketh in all, hath done to me such great things.” For the word “mighty” does not denote a quiescent power , as one says of a temporal king that he is mighty, even though he be sitting still and doing nothing. But it denotes an energetic power , a continuous activity, that works and operates without ceasing. For God does not rest, but works without ceasing, as Christ says in John 5:17 , “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work .” In the same sense St. Paul says in Ephesians 3:20 , “He is able to do above all that we ask” — that is, He always does more than we ask; that is His way and thus His power works.


    • Ray, thanks for your words here. I don’t know what I was doing back in December. I think the 27th was a travel day for me. Jesus is powerful. He is able to more than we ask or can conceive. I am thankful that does for us or allows for us all the right things.


  2. Pingback: Magnificat (Hymn of Praise) | The Good News

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