Ecce Ancilla (I Am the Servant) is a simple prayer of a servant, this a cappella work masterfully captures Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel. “Behold I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your will.” The work may be performed in Latin or English at the choice of the conductor.
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Ecce ancilla Domini,
fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
From Luke 1 (courtesy of Bible Hub)
26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin pledged in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings,b you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.c”
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30So the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31Behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!”
34“How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be bornd will be called the Son of God. 36Look, even Elizabeth your relative has conceived a son in her old age, and she who was called barren is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail.e”
38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.