13Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David!
Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God
14 Therefore the
Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with
child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by
God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
27 to a virgin
engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The
virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And he came
to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with
29 But she was
much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this
30 The angel said
to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour
31 And now, you
will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him
32 He will be
great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord
God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
33 He will reign
over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will
be no end.’
34 Mary said to
the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’
35 The angel said
to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power
of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be
born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
Luke 1:39-45 (NRSV)
39 In those days
Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country,
40 where she entered
the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth
heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth
was filled with the Holy Spirit
42 and exclaimed
with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed
is the fruit of your womb.
43 And why has
this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
44 For as soon
as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt
45 And blessed
is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was
spoken to her by the Lord.’
46 And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit
rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has
looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from
now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty
One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is
for those who fear him from generation to generation.
51 He has shown
strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts
of their hearts.
52 He has brought
down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled
the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped
his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to
the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants