My soul will magnify the Lord;
I rejoice in God my Saviour,
In the wonder of His favour.
For He has done great things for me;
He was mindful of His servant.
Every age shall call me blessed.
The Hope of Abraham come
In the giving of a Son;
For He who promised is mighty
In remembering His mercy.
My soul will magnify the Lord
For His grace to those who fear Him
Through every generation.
The proud He scatters to the wind
As the ruler’s strength is broken,
And the rich are left with nothing.
The humble lifted high,
And the hungry satisﬁed;
Our Portion and our Treasure,
Our Hope and Help forever.
Mary’s radical song of faith and freedom
There are probably more worship songs being written now than at any other time in the history of the church; ironically, however, the breadth of themes covered by these songs is probably narrower than it has ever been!
With that in mind, Keith, Kristyn & I have set out to write on subjects and Scriptures which, while central to the big picture of the Christian faith, seem to be largely ignored in our modern song catalogue. The Annunciation is one of those themes – the visit of the Angel to the Virgin Mary, and her glorious response of praise, in what we now call the Magnificat.
Although used very successfully as a performance/choral piece, we think this hymn will also work as a congregational song. Because of its melodic and harmonic interest, there is scope, too, for a beautiful string or woodwind quartet arrangement, perhaps – although it will work with solo piano or organ accompaniment.