The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The meeting of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her relative Elizabeth is a joyful encounter between these two women of faith and the children still in their wombs: The Savior of the World and his forerunner.

Shortly after announcing that Mary would be the Mother of God, the Archangel Gabriel told Mary that her elderly relative Elizabeth was also pregnant. Mary quicky went to care for the mother of John the Baptist.

Having been conceived for the purpose of announcing the promised Savior, John leaped in his mother’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice because the Savior was near.

Filled with the Holy Spirit and recognizing that her baby’s leaping was announcing the presence of Jesus, Elizabeth calls Mary most blessed among women and the mother of her Lord. These words would become part of the Hail Mary prayer.

Mary responds with humility and joy, giving thanks and praising God with her Magnificat, a hymn inspired by Sacred Scripture.

The Church celebrates the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 31, the conclusion of the Marian Month. The feast falls between the Annunciation on March 25 and the Birth of John the Baptist on June 24.

Like all celebrations of the Blessed Virgin, the Visitation points to her Son and his saving work. By bringing Jesus in her womb from Galilee to her relative’s home in Judea, Mary foreshadows his missionary journey and provides a model of evangelization.

Mary’s journey through the hill country and John the Baptist’s leaping in her presence reveal that Jesus is the New Covenant and she is the Ark that carries Him in her womb.

Catholics mediate on the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the second joyful mystery of the Holy Rosary.

Recognizing that God’s promise has become flesh:

Aleteia – Spirituality and Inspiration

Mary is an example of readiness and generosity:

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – USA

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Luke 1: 39-45

The scene that reveals the Ark of the New Covenant:

Fr. Daniel O’Reilly

More than just a visit:

Fr. Burke Masters

Today’s feast of the Visitation presents to us another aspect of Mary’s inner life: her attitude of humble service and disinterested love for those in need. She has just heard from the Angel Gabriel of the state of her kinswoman Elizabeth, and at once she sets out for the hills “in haste” to reach a city of Judah, the present-day “Ain Karem”. The meeting of the two Mothers is also the meeting between the Forerunner and the Messiah, who, through his Mother, begins to operate salvation by making John the Baptist leap with joy when still in his mother’s womb.

Pope John Paul II, Homily, 31 May 1979

Mary’s visitation is a model of Christian discipleship:

St. Michael Catholic Community

Highlighting humility, service, and God’s work in our lives:

Diocese of Chalan Kanoa

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.” John was “filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb” by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth thus became a visit from God to his people.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 717

The Visitation is a celebration of Christ:

Archdiocese of Brisbane

Celebrating the Visitation in the region where it happened:

Christian Media Center – English

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

Lives centered around liturgy and prayer:

Father David Michael Moses

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