Magnificat of Mary


The "Magnificat" or "Canticle of Mary" is taken from the Gospel of Luke 1:46-55.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

The original of this painting of Mary Immaculate hangs in St. Vito's, Rome. It was commissioned by the Marians and painted by Francisco Smuglewicz in 1781. A copy hangs in the main corridor of the Marian Helpers Center.