And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
MARY VISITS HER COUSIN ELIZABETH
After the angel Gabriel told Mary, that the Holy Ghost would
come upon her, and the power of the Highest would over- shadow her, and that which was born of her would be
called the son of God. He then told her that her cousin,
Elizabeth, she had also conceived a son in her old age.
Mary immediately got up and hurried to the hill country,
in the province of Judah, where her cousins Zacharias and
Elizabeth lived. When Mary entered their home and greeted
Elizabeth, who felt her baby leap in her womb, and Elizabeth
was filled with the Holy Spirit.
ELIZABETH GREETS MARY
Elizabeth said to Mary, "You are blessed, Mary, blessed among
all women, and the child whom you bear is blessed! And I
am blessed as well, that the mother of my Lord has come to
"As soon as I heard your voice greet me, my baby leaped for
joy within me. How fortunate you are, Mary, for you believed
what the Lord told you would be fulfilled."
MARY IS GENUINELY MOVED BY ELIZABETH'S WORDS
Mary was deeply moved by these amazing encounters. First
with the angel Gabriel and then with her cousin, Elizabeth.
Mary's response can't be contained in a normal composition;
her noble soul overflows in poetry. And this poetry isn't simply
religious; it has powerful social and political overtones.
MARY REALIZES THE GREAT 'ABOUT FACE' THAT WAS COMING
What might be called a social, economic, and political revolution. To people in Mary's day, there was little question
as to what she is talking about.
The Jewish people are oppressed by the Roman Empire, and
to speak of a King who will demote the powerful and rich
and elevate the poor and humble means one thing: God
was moving toward setting them free! Soon Zacharias
will overflow in poetry of his own.
MARY THINKS AND REMEMBERS
The hungry-God has filled with fine food. The rich-God has
dismissed with nothing in their hands. To Israel, God's
servant, God has given help, as promised to our ancestors.
Mary was remembering Abraham and his descendants in
mercy forever. So Mary stayed with Elizabeth in Judea for the
next three months and then returned to her home in
Galilee. And when the time was right, Elizabeth gave
birth to a son.
SONG: O Come, O Come Emmanuel