before his birth, John the Prophet in his mother's womb
received the grace to recognize your Son in the womb of Mary:
grant that those who seek you without knowing you
may welcome your word and exult with joy
as they await the promised light,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Soph 3:14-18 (vigil); 2 Sam 6:1-15; Rom 12:9-16; Lk 1:39-45