Luke 1:39-56 (NRSV)
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean
town in the hill country,
40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child
leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you
among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my
Lord comes to me?
44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the
child in my womb leapt for joy.
45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a
fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’
46 And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit
rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has
looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from
now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty
One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
50 His mercy
is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
51 He has shown
strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts
of their hearts.
52 He has brought
down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled
the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped
his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants
56 And Mary remained
with her for about three months and then returned to her home.