He That Is Mighty Hath Done Great Things to Me

Study for an Annunciation by Lorenzo di Credi

My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;
    for behold from henceforth
    all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me;
    and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations,
    to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm:
    he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
    and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
    and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant,
     being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers,
     to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

                         ~ Song of Mary

We are learning to sing the Magnificat set to Thomas Tallis’ Dorian Service.  It is so foreign to our ears, so difficult to get the right notes even remotely at the right time.  It will be beautiful when we are on the far side of the learning curve. 

I chose this study because the pencil strokes and homely stained paper capture some of the mystery in what is one of the most mysterious, astonishing, mind-boggling events in history.  

4 thoughts on “He That Is Mighty Hath Done Great Things to Me

  1. I love the Magnificat!  I used to sing it in church as special music to Scott Hahn’s setting.  Its very lovely.  My Lutheran pastor brother-in-law (and excellent piano player) shared it with me, and once I was blessed to sing a duet of it with my sis.   Good memories (sigh).  It reminds me of the Beatitudes in some ways too.

  2. I  love pencil drawings like this – the talent is just amazing! And the words of the Magnificat, well, they soothe my soul. Hope that doesn’t sound too corny. Thanks for making my Friday just a bit more beautiful.

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