The almighty has done great things
Mary set out and went as quickly as
she could to a town in the hill county of Judah. She went into Zachariah’s
house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She
gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed
is the fruit of your womb. Why should I
be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your
greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is
she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call be
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and
exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich
sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful
of his mercy
- according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy the Abraham and his descendants forever.”
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went
Luke 1: 39-56