The “Magnificat” or (my soul) magnifies is a canticle spoken or sung liturgically during Christian church services.
It is also called “the Song of Mary”
The text of the canticle is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55) where it is spoken by the Virgin Mary upon the occasion of her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth.
In the narrative, after Mary greets Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the future John the Baptist, the child moves within Elizabeth’s womb. When Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith, Mary sings what is now known as the Magnificat in response.
et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo,
quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae.
Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes,
quia fecit mihi magna,
qui potens est,
et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericordia eius in progenies et progenies
Fecit potentiam in brachio suo,
dispersit superbos mente cordis sui;
deposuit potentes de sede
et exaltavit humiles;
esurientes implevit bonis
et divites dimisit inanes.
Suscepit Israel puerum suum,
sicut locutus est ad patres nostros,
Abraham et semini eius in saecula.
The following is an incredible performace of the Magnificat BWV 243, a major orchestral work by by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Concentus Musicus and the Schönberg Chor, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Part I: Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Part XII: Gloria Patri
The place of the concert is The Monastery Stift Melk in Lower Austria. One of the most sacred sites in this country.