Mary praised God
Mary sings a song of praise to God as she and Elizabeth greet each other.
The song points out eight of the characteristics of God
Miriam or Mary as we call her in English was a devout Jew living in the town of Nazareth.
How they were relatives is unsure as one Elizabeth was from the tribe of Levi and the other Mary was from the tribe of Judah. One of the ways was If a Levite man married a girl from Judah which often happened. Elizabeth may have been the only person that Mary could have trusted to talk to about the birth to come. The angel of the Lord hinted that Mary could talk to Elizabeth who is now six months pregnant.
In Hebrew Mary means: bitter.
46 And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers."
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and
then returned home.
Mary and Joseph had other children after Mary gave birth to Jesus.