Mary sets off immediately to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is filled with the Holy Spirit at the sight of her and cries out:

"Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

Mary, now that her secret is known, praises God in the beautiful poem called the Magnificat:

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me" (Luke 1, 39-56).