(While underscore continues, the scene is transformed into a street in Jerusalem. Ezra runs onto the stage carrying a basket filled with items from the market and bumps into Mary.)
MARY: Oh, excuse me! Are you all right?
EZRA: I’m sorry. I just have to get back to Elisabeth.
MARY: Elisabeth! Is something wrong with the baby?
EZRA: The baby? How do you know about . . . ?
MARY: I’m Elisabeth’s cousin.
MARY: And no one does.
EZRA: But you do.
MARY: Yes. And I’m keeping it right here, safe in my heart.15
(Ezra runs off. Mary smiles, filled with joy.)
|O Lord, my God, be with me this day, |
Shed Thy mercy on me,
And keep me in Thy way.
What I feel, what I know,
Leads my heart to say,
I will praise Thy name, I will praise Thy name,
I will praise Thy holy name,
Praise Thy name to all, alway.
|Ooo . . .|
15. See Luke 2:19.
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