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Statues of Mary and Elizabeth at Ein Kerem, traditionally understood to be the birthplace of John the Baptist; from a 2009 St. John Chrysostom Church (Rancho Santa Margarita) pilgrimage. Photo: John Taylor

God in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

— Book of Common Prayer