Wednesday, July 1, 2009

U2 Singer Bono says new song was inspired by Mary

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 has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and His children for ever.

U2 Singer Bono says that Our Mother Mary inspired the new song "Magnificat." I grabbed this article from, posted by Tim Drake.

U2 Singer Bono's Ode to Mary

In a recent Rolling Stone magazine interview with Brian Hiatt, U2’s Bono says that the song “Magnificent” is inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“All music for me is worship of one kind or another,” says Bono.

The song appears on the band’s new album, “No Line on the Horizon.”

“Magnificent was inspired by the Magnificat, a passage from the Gospel of Luke in the voice of the Virgin Mary that was previously set to music by Bach,” says Bono. “There’s this theme running through the album of surrender and devotion and all the things I find really difficult.”

The lyrics include: “Magnificent, Magnificent, I was born, I was born to be with you in this space and time. I was born, I was born to sing for you. I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up and sing whatever song you wanted me to. I give you back my voice. From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise ... Only love, only love can leave such a mark, but only love, only love can heal such a scar.”

Recorded in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1: 41-45), the Magnificat (Latin for “magnifies”), also known as the Canticle of Mary, is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s joyful prayer in response to her cousin Elizabeth’s greeting.

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* The T-L above image of Our Blessed Mother is from the Mary Shrine at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey USA.


Anonymous said...

Hi Brian:

You left a comment at my site, thought I would return the favor. I noticed you had a link to a book written by Robert Lax.

Are you aware of the Merton/Lax connection in the Seven Storey Mountain and most recently taken up by Fr. Robert Barron?

I've got the piece here:

Hope you enjoy it


Brian said...

Hello Anonymous,

Yes - I am aware of the connection in the Seven Storey Mountain regarding Lax's and Merton's relationship. I will check out Fr. Barron's info.

Thanks much !

Maria Lúcia said...

Very interesting your blog. Blessed Virgin Mary pray for us!