He will be great, and the Son of the Most High shall he be called, and the Lord God shall give unto him thethrone of David his father.
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
And Mary said to the angel, How shall this be, because a man is not known to me?
The angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come, and the Power of the Most High shallovershadow thee; on account of this He who
born from thee is the Holy, and the Son of God shall
And behold, Elizabeth thy kinswoman, she also beareth a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month to her,-to her who is called barren.
For nothing is difficult to God.
And Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me as thou hast said. And the angel wentfrom her.
And Mary arose in those days, and went with haste to the mountain to a city of Judah;
and she entered into the house of Zechariah, and saluted Elizabeth.
And it was that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And she was filledwith the Holy Ghost;
and she cried with a loud voice, and said unto Mary, Blessed art thou among women, And blessed is the fruitof thy womb!
Whence unto me is this, That the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For, lo, as fell the voice of thy salutation on my ears, For great Joy leaped the infant in my womb.
And happy is she who hath believed, For there is a fulfillment of those things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.
And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit rejoiceth in God my Savior,
Who hath looked upon the lowliness of his handmaid: For, behold, from now all generations shall giveblessedness to me.
Because he hath done for me great things, he who is mighty, And holy is his name.
And his grace is for ages and generations Upon those who fear him.
He hath wrought victory with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He hath overturned the mighty from their thrones, And hath exalted the humble.
The hungry he hath satisfied with good things, And the rich he hath sent away empty.
He hath helped Israel his servant, And hath remembered his mercy;
As he spoke with our fathers, With Abraham and with his seed for ever.
And Mary stayed with Elizabeth three months, and returned to her house.
But to Elizabeth had come the time that she should give birth, and she gave birth to a son.
And her neighbours and the sons of her family heard that the Lord had magnified his grace upon her; and theyrejoiced with her.
And it was the eighth day, and they came to circumcise the child; and they called him by the name of hisfather, Zechariah.
And his mother answered and said to them, Not so; but he shall be called John.
And they said to her, No man in thy kindred is called by this name.
And they signed to his father
how he willed they should call him.
And he requested a tablet, and wrote, and said, John is his name. And every man wondered.
And immediately his mouth and his tongue were opened, and he spake, and blessed God.
And there was fear upon all around them; and in all the hill country of Judah were these things spoken.
And all who heard reasoned in their hearts, and said, What is this child to be? And the hand of the Lord waswith him.
And Zechariah his father was filled with the Holy Ghost, and he prophesied, and said:
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; For he hath visited his people, and wrought for him redemption,
And hath raised up for us the horn of redemption In the house of David his servant;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, Who have been from of old,