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My Spirit Glorifies the Lord

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

This song is reflective of Mary’s magnificat in Luke 1:46-55.  See how Hannah’s prayer in I Samuel 2:1-10 follows a similar line of thought.
In st.5 God’s word to Abraham is found in Genesis 12:1-7; 15:1-6; and 17:1-16 as well as other places.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Mary sang these thoughts first, with the awareness that God had chosen to use her as an instrument in the arrival of his Son in the world. This event is mentioned in Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 14, Question and Answer 35 and Belgic Confession, Article 18.

Tune Information

Name
PENTECOST
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
8.8.8.8

Author Information

Dewey D. Westra (b. Holland, MI, 1899; d. Wyoming, MI, 1979) was a dedicated educator, writer, and musician who faithfully served the Christian Reformed Church. He attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Wayne State University in Detroit. In the 1920s and 30s he was a Christian school Principal in Byron Center and Detroit, Michigan. During the 1940s he was involved in various ventures, including becoming a diesel instructor for the Ford Motor Company. After 1947 he became a principal again, serving at Christian schools in Sioux Center, Iowa; Randolph, Wisconsin; and Walker, Michigan. Westra wrote poetry in English, Dutch, and Frisian, and translated poetry into English from Dutch and Frisian. He arranged many songs and composed songs for children's choirs. He also versified all one hundred and fifty psalms and the Lord's Prayer, as well as the songs of Mary, Zechariah, and Simeon, in meters that fit the corresponding Genevan psalm tunes. His manuscripts are housed in the library of Calvin College. Seventeen of his psalm versifications and his paraphrases of the Lucan canticles were included in the 1934 and in the 1959 editions of the Psalter Hymnal. Much of the credit for keeping the Genevan psalms alive in the Christian Reformed Church goes to Westra.
— Bert Polman

Composer Information

William Boyd (b. 1847, Jamica, d. 1928, London) studied under Sabine Baring Gould, then attended Worcester College, Oxford. Ordained an Anglican priest in 1877, he eventually became Vicar at All Saints Church in Norfolk Square, London (1893-1918). He contributed his tune PENTECOST to the 1868 collection Thirty-Two Hymn Tunes Composed by Members of the University of Oxford.
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