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.
1:36 “And 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
1:47 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
1:49 because he who is mighty 74 has done great things for me, and holy is his name;