Bible: Luke 1:26-56

Birth Announcement of Jesus the Messiah

1:26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, 1  the angel Gabriel 2  was sent by 3  God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 4  1:27 to a virgin engaged 5  to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of David, 6  and the virgin’s name was Mary. 1:28 The 7  angel 8  came 9  to her and said, “Greetings, favored one, 10  the Lord is with you! 11  1:29 But 12  she was greatly troubled 13  by his words and began to wonder about the meaning of this greeting. 14  1:30 So 15  the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, 16  Mary, for you have found favor 17  with God! 1:31 Listen: 18  You will become pregnant 19  and give birth to 20  a son, and you will name him 21  Jesus. 22  1:32 He 23  will be great, 24  and will be called the Son of the Most High, 25  and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father 26  David. 1:33 He 27  will reign over the house of Jacob 28  forever, and his kingdom will never end.” 1:34 Mary 29  said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with 30  a man? 1:35 The angel replied, 31 The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow 32  you. Therefore the child 33  to be born 34  will be holy; 35  he will be called the Son of God.

1:36And look, 36  your relative 37  Elizabeth has also become pregnant with 38  a son in her old age – although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month! 39  1:37 For nothing 40  will be impossible with God.” 1:38 So 41  Mary said, “Yes, 42  I am a servant 43  of the Lord; let this happen to me 44  according to your word.” 45  Then 46  the angel departed from her.

Mary and Elizabeth

1:39 In those days 47  Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, 48  1:40 and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 1:41 When 49  Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped 50  in her 51  womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 52  1:42 She 53  exclaimed with a loud voice, 54 Blessed are you among women, 55  and blessed is the child 56  in your womb! 1:43 And who am I 57  that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? 1:44 For the instant 58  the sound of your greeting reached my ears, 59  the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 60  1:45 And blessed 61  is she who believed that 62  what was spoken to her by 63  the Lord would be fulfilled.” 64 

Mary’s Hymn of Praise

1:46 And Mary 65  said, 66 

“My soul exalts 67  the Lord, 68 

1:47 and my spirit has begun to rejoice 69  in God my Savior,

1:48 because he has looked upon the humble state of his servant. 70 

For 71  from now on 72  all generations will call me blessed, 73 

1:49 because he who is mighty 74  has done great things for me, and holy is his name;

1:50 from 75  generation to generation he is merciful 76  to those who fear 77  him.

1:51 He has demonstrated power 78  with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance 79  of their hearts.

1:52 He has brought down the mighty 80  from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position; 81 

1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, 82  and has sent the rich away empty. 83 

1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering 84  his mercy, 85 

1:55 as he promised 86  to our ancestors, 87  to Abraham and to his descendants 88  forever.”

1:56 So 89  Mary stayed with Elizabeth 90  about three months 91  and then returned to her home.

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