Magnificat [Song]

Mary’s great canticle of praise is a familiar feature of the daily Evening of prayer of the Church.  The Magnificat reminds us to trust and praise God for his promise of mercy – whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, we know that he will feed the hungry and raise the lowly just as he promised.

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My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices
My God forever he will be, bless his holy name.

He looks upon me his servant,
looks on me in my lowliness.
He works marvels for me,
Hence forth all ages call me blessed, Call me blessed.

He scatters the proud hearted,
casts the mighty from their thrones.
His mighty arm before me,
In strength he raises the lowly, raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with plenty,
but empty sends the rich away.
From age to age his mercy,
The mercy promised us forever, promised forever.

Words based on Luke 1:46-55
Music by Joanne Boyce
Copyright © 1996 CJM Music
CCLI & OneLicense No. 2295884

Liturgical Use(s): Psalm; Song

There is also a beautiful instrumental version of this song on the album Every Secret Longing.



In this video Jo Boyce shares a few of her secret guitar tips for playing the song.


Updated recording on the 2004 studio album:


What’s your story? Has this song has been part of your soundtrack of faith, or have you encountered it in a liturgy or at an event recently? Please leave a comment below…

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