leap for joy

Visitation sculpture from Tannendorf, 1515
By Anagoria (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Lord Jesus, in this advent season
we remember how you entered this world.
We remember the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth
   both miraculously pregnant.
And we remember how John the Baptist leaped for joy
   in Elizabeth’s womb.
Be pleased to meet with us, that we too
   might leap for joy with John the Baptist
   exuberantly as we anticipate
          your birth
          your blessing
          your deliverance.
Be pleased to inhabit our expressions of praise
   to the glory of your name.



When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the baby leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
In a loud voice she exclaimed:
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the child you will bear!
But why am I so favored,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the baby in my womb leaped for joy.


The Babe Leaped in Her Womb from John Adams oratorio El Nino

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