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Visitation of Mary, detail / Pontormo, Jacopo da, 1494-1556 / 1528-1529 (Click the picture for more information)
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • Blessed God,
    who danced in our hearts,
    filling us with the knowledge of your presence:
    let your proclamation sing forth from us
    as it sang from the lips of Hannah and Elizabeth,
    announcing the coming of your promise
    and the fulfillment of your desire. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • Blessed are you, God of glory and majesty,
    for you announced the coming of your Son,
    who brings joy and gladness to this waiting world.
    Receive our prayers offered in the confidence
    that you are present,
    working to answer the needs of your people.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Grant that we may hasten to every town and home
    with the good news of your promise, O God,
    and proclaim the greatness of your name
    through our commitment to your peace. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • 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.