Old Testament: 1 Samuel 2:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 113
Epistle: Romans 12:9-16b
Gospel: Luke 1:39-57
Blessed God, who invited us to be handmaids of your creative power: Bless us as you blessed Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary, filling our barren hearts with your fertile word, nurturing faith within us, sustaining us as we ripen with hope, until your desire calls us to the time of labor, and we give birth to your incarnate love. Amen.
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)