Mary set out at that time and went as quickly
as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.
She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.
Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
She gave a loud cry and said,
'Of all women you are the most blessed,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Why should I be honored with a visit from
the mother of my Lord?
Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears,
the child in my womb leapt for joy.
Yes, blessed is she who believed that
the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.'
And Mary said:
'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant.
Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his faithful love extends age after age
to those who fear him.
He has used the power of his arm,
he has routed the arrogant of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones
and raised high the lowly.
He has filled the starving with good things,
sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant,
mindful of his faithful love
according to the promise he made to our ancestors
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.'
Mary stayed with her some three months
and then went home.