Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Fourth Tuesday of Advent - Luke 1:39-56

Luke 1:39-56 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Mary's Visit to Elizabeth
 39 In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah 40 where she entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she exclaimed with a loud cry:    You are the most blessed of women,
    and your child will be blessed!
    43 How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me! 45 She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!"
Mary's Praise
 46 And Mary said:    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,
    48 because He has looked with favor
    on the humble condition of His slave.
    Surely, from now on all generations
    will call me blessed,
    49 because the Mighty One
    has done great things for me,
    and His name is holy.
    50 His mercy is from generation to generation
    on those who fear Him.
    51 He has done a mighty deed with His arm;
    He has scattered the proud
    because of the thoughts of their hearts;
    52 He has toppled the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted the lowly.
    53 He has satisfied the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away empty.
    54 He has helped His servant Israel,
    mindful of His mercy,
    55 just as He spoke to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and his descendants forever.
    56 And Mary stayed with her about three months; then she returned to her home.

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