The Introit

Behold the Holy | Mother,*
Who did bring forth the King Who rules heaven and earth forever and | ever.
My heart overflows with a | pleasing theme;
I address my verses | to the king;*
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Behold the Holy | Mother,*
Who did bring forth the King Who rules heaven and earth forever and | ever.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, You chose the virgin Mary to be the mother of Your Son and made known through her Your gracious regard for the poor and lowly and despised. Grant that we may receive Your Word in humility and faith, and so be made one with Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 
The Holy Kinship  , c. 1500, Attributed to Matthäus Gutrecht the Younger, German, from  the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Holy Kinship, c. 1500, Attributed to Matthäus Gutrecht the Younger, German, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Gradual

Blessed and venerable is the Vírgin | Mary,*
who without spot to her maidenhood, was made  the Mother of the | Savior.
 He Whom the whole world can- | not contain,*
enclosed Himself in her womb, be- | coming man

The First Lesson 

Isaiah 11 :1-5

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

The Epistle

Romans 12 :9-16

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

 
Virgin and Child, with Saint Elizabeth and the Young Saint John the Baptist  , c. 1510-1512, by Correggio , Italy from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Virgin and Child, with Saint Elizabeth and the Young Saint John the Baptist, c. 1510-1512, by Correggio , Italy from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Holy Gospel

Luke 1:39-56

Alleluia! Blessed and sanctified is the Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all high | honor;*
for out of her has risen the sun of justice, | Christ our God.

Blessed is she | who believed*
that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her | from the Lord. Alleluia!

Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house