Advent (Day 12): Hymn for a Turning World

Dec 12, 2013

This Advent hymn is new to me this year. It is becoming a favorite.

It makes me want to cry. It makes me want to shout.

This is Mary’s song for a turning, changing world.




Canticle of the Turning

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.


– Rory Cooney


  1. Jenn mcmahon

    Christie, this is my Favorite scripture, and it hangs over my bedside table! It’s a great way to start the day. The Magnificat !!!

    • Christie Purifoy

      Yes, one of my favorites, too! By the way, Jenn, we are loving that Christmas book … stay tuned for my next round of Saturday recommendations. 🙂

  2. Summer

    I have never heard this one. Thank you…going to try to google it now…

  3. Kris Camealy

    This is new to me! Thank you for sharing it–it’s beautiful!!

  4. Gwen Acres

    A special gift, in this season of gift giving. Thank you Christie. I too will look for the music for this Advent Hymn so I can sing with you.

  5. Shelly Miller

    Yes, it indeed conjures up a vast array of emotion. This line made my heart jump: And my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait. Thanks for sharing it with us. Beautiful words to stir a heart toward Advent.


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