Posted by: Philip Rushton | December 7, 2015

The Magnificat: A contemporary musical arrangement

This Advent John has been preaching on the song of Mary in Luke 1:46-55.  In coordination with this series I decided to write and record song based on this text to facilitate some meditation and reflection on these powerful words. This is just a rough draft recorded on my laptop without much editing! You can listen and download the track here:

During the first message of the series, John commented on how profound it was that these words would be attributed to a teenager.  They suggest that Mary was deeply immersed in the biblical tradition.  Her desires and longings were shaped by the scriptures.   John invited us to consider what types of songs might emerge from our heart. What are our desires and longings?  What influences and ideas are shaping these desires?

To facilitate my own immersion in the scriptures this Advent I decided to put this particular text to music. During the reformation it is said that Martin Luther’s opponents were more concerned about his hymns than his sermons.  They realized that music has a powerful ability to shape our minds and hearts.

During a season where there are numerous things vying for our time and attention, may we find ways to immerse ourselves in the story of redemption.  May the song that emerges from our hearts this Christmas be shaped by a deep longing for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done. Blessings to you this Advent season!




  1. Phil,
    Beautiful song, thanks for sharing it.

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