Often, when we reach out to do unto others, it is we who are served in some way. During The Visitation, she learns that St. Elizabeth is pregnant with John The Baptist by her husband Zebadiah. 48 For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Elizabeth immediately knows Mary is pregnant and that the child she carries, is the one who has come to be sacrificed for the world. For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Am I really going to have a son that has been conceived by the overshadowing power of the Holy Ghost?". Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. Have you ever noticed or considered, that not only did Mary help Elizabeth, but Elizabeth helped Mary? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The Visitation is a meditation on the Blessed Virgin Mary‘s visit with her cousin St. Elizabeth after The Annunciation. 49 For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Maronite Icon of the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Our story began in May 2015, when one of our founding members approached another founding member and said: “There is so much evil around. This week, the Church celebrated the feast day of The Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. 50 And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. We need to pray the Rosary!” In June, a handful of us met at a local chapel to pray the Holy Rosary together. Gath was one of the five royal cities of the Philistines. Upon arriving in the city of Judah, Elizabeth greets her with Joy. blessed is He who has resided in us. Imagine, for a moment, how confused (though trusting) and worried (though trusting) Mary must have been after the angel's magnificent visit. 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Gath was also famous as the birthplace or residence of Goliath (1 Samuel 17:4). Her child (John the Baptist) leaps in her womb and Elizabeth cries out: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. St. Luke compares Our Lady to The Ark of the Covenant. This week, the Church celebrated the feast day of The Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. Let this mystery teach us to love our neighbor. Mary is not unaware of the great gift God bestows upon her in visiting her cousin; for as soon as Elizabeth exclaims her wondrous words, Mary answers with her beautiful Canticle of thanksgiving. © 2020, Society of the Holy Rosary. 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. Through the Mystery (Sacrament) of the Eucharist we are privileged to receive Jesus, He resides in us just as he did in Mary’s Womb. His womb. But in so doing, it is she who was helped the most. At some point, she must have wondered, "Did this really just happen to me? Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Visitation (Meeting of Mary and Elizabeth in the Presence of Saints Joseph and Jerome), The meeting of Mary and Elisabeth on an Italian town square, in the presence of Saint Hieronymus, Saint Joseph with a lily rod and others people. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home." Elizabeth was well past child-bearing age and yet the Lord, the Giver of Life, blessed her with a child. Gabriel had just left her, and the first thing she does is prepare to leave and visit Elizabeth, her cousin. She was not alone and God let her know that. by Amormeus May 31, 2017 Blog, Liturgy 0 comments. The Visitation is a meditation on the Blessed Virgin Mary‘s visit with her cousin St. Elizabeth after The Annunciation.It is the second Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary.. Mary's Visit to Elizabeth - Luke 1:39-56. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. We welcome guest contributors who graciously volunteer their writing for our readers. If Mary did have any doubt at all, God relieves it for her in this moment by confirming everything she thinks the angel said to her; for here is another person, her cousin, her family; who is many many miles from her home, and yet, who knew that she (Mary) was with child and that this child was the Lord! Upon arriving in the city of Judah, Elizabeth greets her with Joy. 51 He hath shewed strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. The Holy Spirit has filled Elizabeth and her unborn baby, John is baptised in the womb and will have his own mission to be the forerunner of Christ. The Immaculata had conceived Our Precious Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit. and chaste wombs are now filled with the Word; All Rights Reserved. Many times, as we ponder this story, we focus upon one or two things: 1) The miracle of St. John the Baptist in his mother's womb. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth.