Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – May 31st

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Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.

40 She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

41 Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42 She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

43 Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord?

44 Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.

45 Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

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The Canticle Of Mary- The Magnificat

46And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

48 because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed,

49 for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name,

50 and his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him.

51 He has used the power of his arm, he has routed the arrogant of heart.

52 He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly.

Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1: 39-52

Throughout the history of the Catholic Church the month of May has been a time to honor Mary….to remember our devotion to Her. We start the month, with the Crowning of Mary…singing hymns to celebrate this wonderfully, glorious…. Woman, who with Her humble obedience, set the path for the salvation of the world. This is an important aspect of the Christian Faith…it is a Truth that has been recognized throughout the history of the Church, but unfortunately as people fell away from the True Faith…the One True Church… they also fell away from this most important aspect of the Faith.

On this feast, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, where upon greeting each other…the infant John, leaps in the womb of his mother, Elizabeth…at the precise moment he feels the presence of the infant in Mary’s womb…Jesus. From that moment on, he is cleansed of original sin…as soon as Elizabeth feels her baby leaping for joy, she cries out  to Mary:

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you
by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:45)
This phrase, spoken by Elizabeth, sums up our devotion to Mary….sums up Her importance in our lives and in the life of the Church. We are reminded of the Annunciation…Her Yes, to the Angel of the Lord…Mary’s fiat….Has made it possible that the Word would be made Flesh. She is the actual ‘Living-Tabernacle of God.’ This is not something Catholics have made up…not something that was devised by men to take the importance off of Jesus…No, this is taken straight out of the Bible…it sums up the important role that Mary had in the salvation of man. Period.
Saint Ephraim said:  “It is essential for us to confess that the Holy Ever-Virgin Mary is actually Theotokos ( Birth – giver of God), so as to not fall into blasphemy. For those who deny that the Holy Virgin is actually Theotokos are no longer believers, but disciples of the Pharises and Sadducees.” That is pretty powerful stuff. It is a Truth that cannot be denied. For men to call themselves Christians, but at the same time, to deny the important role of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an utter shame…it is probably more sinister than that, but I pray that good Christians; those who read the Bible…and understand that it is indeed the word of God...will reflect upon this passage….this role of Mary, and find it in their hearts to honor Her as Jesus honored Her…and to hold a place of devotion in their lives for this Most Holy of Women…the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary…. “the handmaid of the Lord,”  Who became Queen of Heaven and of Earth.

Prayer

Almighty ever-living God,
who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb,
inspired her to visit Elizabeth,
grant us, we pray,
that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit,
we may magnify your greatness
with the Virgin Mary at all times.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Prayer from The Roman Missal)

 

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