Old Testament: Micah 5:2-5a
Psalter: Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7
Epistle: Hebrews 10:5-10
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Shepherd of Israel, you gently support the one who is with child and call forth the Lamb who dances in the womb, Stir our hearts to recognize Christ's coming, as Elizabeth recognized his presence in Mary's radiant obedience to your desire, an open our souls to receive the one who came to love your flock. Amen.
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