A Canticle for Advent: Turning the World Around


1. My soul cries out with a joyful shout
that the God of my heart is great,
And my spirit sings of the wondrous things
that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight,
and my weakness you did not spurn,
So from east to west shall my name be blest.
Could the world be about to turn?

My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,
and the world is about to turn!

2. Though I am small, my God, my all,
you work great things in me,
And your mercy will last from the depths of the past
to the end of the age to be.
Your very name puts the proud to shame,
and to those who would for you yearn,
You will show your might, put the strong to flight,
for the world is about to turn.

3. From the halls of power to the fortress tower,
not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for your justice tears
ev’ry tyrant from his throne.
The hungry poor shall weep no more,
for the food they can never earn;
There are tables spread, ev’ry mouth be fed,
for the world is about to turn.

4. Though the nations rage from age to age,
we remember who holds us fast:
God’s mercy must deliver us
from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.
This saving word that our forebears heard
is the promise which holds us bound,
‘Til the spear and rod can be crushed by God,
who is turning the world around.
~by Rory Cooney, Canticle of the Turning (a version of the Magnificat)


His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
Luke 1: 50-51

He, only He, can turn our world around with his mighty arm.  He, only He, knows how and when the turning will happen.
He, only He, came to us to save us from ourselves and will return again
as we continue to betray His Word,
as we turn away from Him even when He seeks us out from the manger and from the cross.

2 thoughts on “A Canticle for Advent: Turning the World Around

  1. Emily, I find it difficult to fully describe my reaction to all that is here.
    The artist’s portrait of Mary and Elizabeth says so much. The meaning is right there as we view
    it in faith.
    We see the artist’s juxtaposition of the teenage Virgin Mary and her cousin, the aged Elizabeth,
    greeting each other in joy and thankfulness. Both appear ecstatic and humbled by the miracles that they carry within their wombs: Jesus, God incarnate, the long-awaited Savior, and John the Baptist, last of the Old
    Testament prophets.
    Rory Cooney’s interpretation of the Magnificat is fresh yet profound, the words so appropriate for the age
    in which we live.
    Your comment is prophetic — part warning, part hopeful. No mincing of words here!
    Thank you.


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