And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
Luke 1:46-55, NIV (The Magificat)
O new wonder,
Greater than all ancient wonders,
For who has ever known a mother without a husband
To have brough forth a Child
And carried in her arms the One who holds all creation?
This Child is God’s good will!
Having carried Him in your arms as an infant, O Pure One,
And having boldness as a mother before Him,
Intercede before Him always for those who honor you,
That our souls may receive mercy and be saved!
– Orthodox Vespers of the Feast of the Apostle Philip.