Scripture Verse

The angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David, and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:30–33


Words: Car­o­lyn W. Gil­lette, 1999.

Music: Beech­er John Zun­del, Chris­tian Heart Songs 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Zun­del (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Carolyn W. Gillette


Mary heard the angel’s message:
Greetings, Mary, favored one!
Do not fear, for God is with you;
You will one day bear God’s Son.

Filled with questions, filled with wonder,
She proclaimed her faith in God:
May it be as you have spoken;
I’m the servant of the Lord!

When she heard her cousin’s greeting,
Mary’s heart was filled with joy,
So she sang of God’s great blessing
Promised in her baby boy:
God has looked on me with favor,
So I sing this song of praise.
God has worked, the proud to scatter…
Humble, hungry ones to raise.

Mary heard the shepherds’ story,
Words she treasured with delight.
Then an angel gave the warning:
Flee with Jesus in the night!
Mary wondered in her anguish,
What would be the pain he’d know?
Fleeing then, she held him closely…
One day she would let him go.

Mary heard, Who is my mother?
Who is in my family?
All who do my Father’s bidding—
All these ones belong to me.

Later, on the hill she heard him,
Woman, see your new son there!
You, my friend, behold your mother!

So Christ formed new bonds of care.

When they learned the Lord had risen,
Christ’s disciples met to pray.
Mary was among the faithful,
Bound in love, on Jesus’ Way.
God, we see her, Christ’s disciple,
Loving, learning, serving, too.
Like her, may we hear and answer,
We, your servants, live for you.