In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
During this time of expectant waiting and preparation, as told in the visitation narrative of Elizabeth and Mary, may you experience anew the fulfillment of God’s promise of hope and new birth. From all of us at Perkins, wishing you and yours a blessed Advent and Christmas season.
Craig C. Hill
Artwork Courtesy Bridwell Library Special Collections and Archives
[Book of Hours. Sarum Use, in Latin]
Illuminated manuscript on vellum
[Flanders, c. 1420]