Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:25-28)

Section 1:25-28 (corresponding to Luke 1:24-27)

The Lord was true; Elizabeth conceived:
The answer to their prayers they now received.
And in her seclusion she praised her God:
Relieved from shame, and wonderstruck, and awed.

Six months went by, and then another sign:
The timeless dawning of appointed time.
Gabriel the messenger came once more,
To tell of the mys'tries God had in store.

This visitation came to Galilee,
To Nazareth, in hills between the seas;
Where dwelt the virgin Mary, full of grace,
Whose faith would bear the hope of all our race.

The man she was to marry, Joseph named,
Was of the line of David’s royal fame:
A kingly man who had no crown was he,
Who lived and worked with honest dignity.

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