cousin, Mary, came hurrying first to you
with the time-shattering, earth-shaking
that she was to become the Mother of
must have met her glowing announcement
with profound and frightened amazement,
but with total trust in Mary's unimpeachable
truthfulness, and her conviction
of the magnificent event to come.
You knew Mary to be modest, kind, prayerful,
and in every way a humble, virtuous woman.
how astounding was her revelation to you!
an honor to be the very first human
to hear these epochal tidings of happy joy,
this world-changing, humanity-saving, news.
was to come into this world as a human!
Your cousin was to become the Mother of
Please accept my veneration to you, who
honored to hear first the earth-changing
news of the coming salvation of mankind,
an event which would echo forward and back
the endless halls of eternity.
Guide me always, dear Elizabeth, to live
my life in a manner worthy of the glorious
inheritance which God has promised to all
those who are faithful each day to His Word.
Please intercede for me with your cousin,
Mary, our mother, and her Son,
Lord and King.
this I pray of you, in confidence
and hope, ad love, Saint Elizabeth,
2012 Donn B. Murphy
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