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.’
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:
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)