NARRATOR: In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry —
ELIZABETH: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me? The moment I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who trusted that God’s words to her would be fulfilled.
MARY: My being magnifies the greatness of God. My spirit finds joy in God, my Savior. For God has looked upon me in my lowliness, on me, God’s servant. Now all ages shall call me blessed.
For the Mighty One has done great things for me. Holy is God’s name. Great is God’s mercy toward all who fear the Holy One in every generation.
Strong is God’s arm, for God has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts, has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. God has filled the hungry
with good things and sent the rich away empty.
God has come to the help of Israel, God’s servant, and remembered the mercy promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and Sarah and their descendants forever.
NARRATOR: Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.
Sunday Readings: Revelation 11.19a, 12.1-6, 10; 1 Corinthians 15.20-26; Luke 1.39-56