"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,1
where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.2
In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women,3 and blessed is the child you will bear!
But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord 4 should come to me?
As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord 5
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,6
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.7 From now on all generations will call me blessed,8