One: 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.
Left: When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb.
Right: And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry,
One: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Left: And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
Right: For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.
One: And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
One: And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
Left: and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Right: for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
One: Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
Left: for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
Right: His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
One: He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
Left: He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
Right: he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
One: He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
Left: according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
Right: to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”