Magnificat, The Song of Mary

Luke 1:46–56

Works of art by Frida Kahlo, Master Heinrich of Constance, and Marc Quinn
Commentaries by Elizabeth S. Dodd

Luke 1:46–56

Bible passage (Revised Standard Version)

46And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;

49for he who is mighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

50And his mercy is on those who fear him

from generation to generation.

51He has shown strength with his arm,

he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,

52he has put down the mighty from their thrones,

and exalted those of low degree;

53he has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent empty away.

54He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

55as he spoke to our fathers,

to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”

56And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.