The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. It is also known as the Canticle of Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours, a special collection of scripture readings, psalms, and hymns that constitute what is known as the prayer of the church.
The Magnificat Prayer
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exalts in God my Savior; because He has looked upon His lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations shall call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is His Name, and His mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear Him. He has shown the power of His arm, He has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel His servant, mindful of His mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors – of His mercy to Abraham and his descendants forever.”