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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Posted on 05/31/2002 1:10:34 AM PDT by nickcarraway

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

5/31/02

A Reflection on the Feast Day

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. The Gospel contains the passage about John leaping with joy within His mother's womb upon hearing the voice of Mary, being in the presence of the Divine Child she was carrying. It also contains the beautiful words we have come to know as the Magnificat. Beside these, there is a little phrase which speaks volumes about the effect of God's presence in our lives: it is these words which tell us that we must be transformed by the indwelling God. Mary, we are told, "proceeded in haste" to be with Elizabeth. She forgot her own needs and went instead to serve those of another. In doing so she was the bearer of the Good News of a world redeemed.

Shouldn't that be our response? Shouldn't the presence of God in us transform our sluggishness into generous and prompt action?

Let us pray that in imitation of the Visitation of Mary we, too, must go in haste to announce that the Almighty has done great things for us and holy is His Name.

Amen! Alleluia!

Feast Days of the Virgin Mary

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1 Celebrating Mary's title as Mother of God, granted in 431 BCE

Presentation of the Lord, February 2 Remembering the day Mary brought the child Jesus to the Temple

Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11 Visions appearing to Bernadette in 1858

The Annunciation of our Lord, March 25 Marking the Angel Gabriel's visit to Mary

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31 Mary's visit to her sister Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16 Feast of the Carmelite nuns, who honor the Virgin

Dedication of St. Mary of the Snows, August 5 A fourth century apparition predicting snow during the summer

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, August 15 Celebrating Mary's physical ascension into heaven

Queenship of Mary, August 22 Established in 1954 by Pope Pius XII

Birth of Mary, September 8 Feast for the miraculous Immaculate Conception of Mary, who is free of Original Sin

Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15 Honoring the suffering which Mary endured for the love of her son and her God, Jesus

Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7 For the power of the devotional rosary

Presentation of Mary, November 21 Mary's dedication to the Temple at the age of three

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8 Mary's conception in the womb of St. Anne

Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12 Celebrating the Mexican visions and the Patron Saint of the Americas

Christmas, December 25 Birth of her son, the Lord Jesus Christ


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1 posted on 05/31/2002 1:10:34 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 05/31/2002 1:11:41 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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This is my favorite Feast Day as a pro-life person. How awesome to see the Holy Spirit at work within the womb!

It is also such a marvelous Feast because it is Our Blessed Mother who brings this grace to St. Elizabeth and St. John. That is why this Feast is also truly a feast of Our Lady as Mediatrix of All Grace as well as a feast of Mary as the woman who works with the Redeemer in accomplishing His work, in other words, co-redemptress.

3 posted on 05/31/2002 7:19:54 AM PDT by Siobhan
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My mother, a woman of wealth and understanding, deserted us. My mother has always been the Blessed Virgin.
4 posted on 05/31/2002 7:49:06 AM PDT by Angelique
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To: nickcarraway
My daughter has prayed the rosary and is very close to our Blessed Virgin Mary before and during her pregnancy.

If it be God's will, it would be wonderful if her child is born on this beautiful day.

EODGUY

5 posted on 05/31/2002 9:16:26 AM PDT by EODGUY
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To: nickcarraway
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31 Mary's visit to her sister Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist

Today!

6 posted on 05/31/2002 9:19:20 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway
Today's Readings
7 posted on 05/31/2002 9:30:55 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway
From today's Gospel reading, Luke 1:39-56

"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

It amazes me that all peoples of the world do not called the Virgin Mary Blessed

8 posted on 05/31/2002 9:44:59 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway
bumping for today!
9 posted on 05/31/2003 9:14:55 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Visitation Ping!

Please notify me via Freepmail if you would like to be added to or removed from the Visitation Ping list.

10 posted on 05/31/2003 9:50:23 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Siobhan; Salvation; nickcarraway; sandyeggo; frogandtoad; saradippity; maryz; Jeff Chandler; ...
A Pro-Life Profession of Faith
and
Reflections on the Visitation account from
the Gospel according to St. Luke;
with it's teaching on the sacredness
of Life within the womb
http://cpforlife.org/teaching_against_abortion.htm

by Kevin M. Jeanfreau, Founder
Christian Patriots For Life
August 28, 2001



I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator and Author of all Life, and in Jesus Christ His Son, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
By His Passion, Death, and Resurrection- He destroyed death and restored Life.


I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.


I believe human personhood begins at conception- is sacred and inviolable until natural death.


I believe each human person is made in the image and likeness of God, with intellect and will; that each person is of infinite value, is precious in God's eyes and so must be in mine.


I believe that each person from the moment of conception is infinitely loved and cared for by God each moment of their lives, that if they were the only person to ever exist, Jesus would die on the cross so they may have eternal Life.


I believe that at the Visitation, when John leaped for joy at the presence of the Lord Jesus; the unborn Christ taught, and the unborn Baptist proclaimed, the sacred inviolability of Life in the womb.


I believe that "whatsoever you do to the least of these you do unto Me", applies most especially to the unborn who are the unseen, just as the unborn Son of God was until His Nativity.


I believe that God judges nations and peoples by how they treat the weakest and most defenseless.


I believe that if I want the leaders of tomorrow to be strong in their Pro-Life convictions,
I must fully educate them on the sacredness of Life from their earliest days through to adulthood.


I believe that through God's grace and infinite Mercy, our world can one day be a people of Life.


Amen



About this Creed:


While it is self explanatory, some parts can be expounded upon.


People say that Jesus never taught about the sacredness of Life in the womb. These need to reread and pray over the first chapter of Luke. Not only did Jesus teach that life in the womb is sacred- HE TAUGHT THIS TRUTH FROM THE WOMB!


There are many places in scripture that teach about the sacredness of life within the womb, but perhaps none more beautifully than Luke's account of the Visitation.


Scholars believe Jesus was perhaps a couple of weeks along from conception and John the Baptist about Six months from conception at the Visitation.


Tertullian who lived 160-240 was one of the early Church Fathers. He teaches on the Visitation in his work De A ninta 26:4 "They [John and Jesus] were both alive while still in the womb. Elizabeth rejoiced as the infant leaped in her womb; Mary glorifies the Lord because Christ within inspired her. Each mother recognizes her child and is known by her child who is alive, being not merely souls but also spirits."


Consider this passage from The Gospel of Life by Pope John Paul II Section 45:
"The New Testament revelation confirms the indisputable recognition of the value of life from its very beginning. The exaltation of fruitfulness and the eager expectation of life resound in the words with which Elizabeth rejoices in her pregnancy: "The Lord has looked on me... to take away my reproach among men" (Lk 1:25). And even more so, the value of the person from the moment of conception is celebrated in the meeting between the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth, and between the two children whom they are carrying in the womb. It is precisely the children who reveal the advent of the Messianic age: In their meeting, the redemptive power of the presence of the Son of God among men first becomes operative. As Saint Ambrose writes: "The arrival of Mary and the blessings of the Lord's presence are also speedily declared... Elizabeth was the first to hear the voice; but John was the first to experience grace. She heard according to the order of nature; he leaped because of the mystery. She recognized the arrival of Mary; he the arrival of the Lord. The woman recognized the woman's arrival; the child, that of the Child. The women speak of grace; the babies make it effective from within to the advantage of their mothers who, by a double miracle, prophesy under the inspiration of their children. The infant leaped, the mother was filled with the Spirit. The mother was not filled before the son, but after the son was filled with the Holy Spirit, he filled his mother too".[36]

Consider also this excerpt from footnote #60 of the same work:
"So too the Evangelist Luke in the magnificent episode of the meeting of the two mothers, Elizabeth and Mary, and their two sons, John the Baptist and Jesus, still hidden in their mothers' wombs (cf. 1:39-45) emphasizes how even before their birth the two little ones are able to communicate: The child recognizes the coming of the Child and leaps for joy."



Homily by Fr. James Gilhooley Fr. Gilhooley homilies (cycle C) available on CD. Send $10 to him at: 112 Patchett Way, Montgomery, NY 12549. 24 DEC 2000 Fourth Sunday of Advent -
Cycle C Luke 1:39-45 Father Gihooley states "Jesus has clearly taught us that abortion is wrong, He declares, by the decisive facts of His early days in Mary's womb."



Both of these unborn were manifesting their Personhood- their unique individual identity.


Pro-choicers say that the unborn are of the human species but are not "persons", and yet clearly from all Christian teaching the Unborn Person in the womb of Mary was none other than the Second Person of the Trinity. God became man, took on Himself the flesh of the Virgin. He became like us in all things but sin.


The paragraph from this creed on the Visitation basically distills several theological dogmas with this passage from Luke's Gospel:
All truth comes from the Father - through the Son - in the Spirit.
The Baptist is the precursor of the One Who is the Truth.


These two unborn children obviously communicated on some level. By Grace John knew Who was visiting he and his mother. Two distinct individuals-- Mary, Elizabeth's kinswoman and her unborn Son, Jesus the Messiah.


I believe that along with all the other teachings on the Visitation, one can see a particular lesson between the two Unborn of the passage. John by his leaping for joy at the recognition of the Unborn Christ through the Holy Spirit, relayed this truth to his mother. Luke 1: 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.


In all truth it can be said that the Baptist already was making known the coming of the Messiah! This unborn person was already living out his calling. John the Baptist who years later would be heard to cry out "Behold the Lamb of God" John 1:29 was already crying out Behold the Lamb of God-- silently, though both he and the Lamb were yet unborn.


By the Spirit John knew before his mother that Mary was pregnant with the Savior of the world. Elizabeth is acknowledging that Mary is carrying "my Lord." There can be no doubt whatsoever that Elizabeth knew the Lord was a person even if unborn.


What better place could Jesus have taught the truth of the sacredness of life in the womb than from inside the womb Himself. And how profound it is that the first person He would teach was also in the womb.


Here it must be remembered that the Lord taught in many different ways: With parables, from the scriptures, and through events around Him. But His greatest teachings were the ones where He taught not with words but by example- preeminently His holy Passion. So too the Unborn Christ most fittingly taught the sacredness of life within the womb not with words but by His own Sacred Life within the womb--which if prayerfully studied teaches volumes.


Regarding the second to last section of this creed: "... educate them on the sacredness of Life from their earliest schooling through to adulthood." is fully spelled out at http://www.cpforlife.org
11 posted on 05/31/2003 12:47:38 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6)
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To: Salvation
Mary, we are told, "proceeded in haste" to be with Elizabeth. She forgot her own needs and went instead to serve those of another. In doing so she was the bearer of the Good News of a world redeemed.

She was the first Evangelist and she continues to this day.

12 posted on 05/31/2003 1:30:11 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: cpforlife.org
Excellent. Thank you.
13 posted on 05/31/2003 1:35:12 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: cpforlife.org
Thanks cpforlife.

Bump!

14 posted on 05/31/2003 3:44:38 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: cpforlife.org
Great Job!

FYI
An Old Testament Litany for Life
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/liturgy/litany.htm
Respect Life Program
http://www.nccbuscc.org/prolife/publicat/respectl.htm
Living the Gospel of Life:
A Challenge to American Catholics
http://www.nccbuscc.org/prolife/gospel.htm
Pro-Life Activities
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/index.htm
Church Documents
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/tdocs/index.htm
Respect Life Program
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/index.htm
John Paul II and the Gospel of Life
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/stlouis.htm
Respect Life Program 1999-2000
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/9900rlp.htm
Canon Law and Abortion
http://members.aol.com/abtrbng/canonl.htm
15 posted on 05/31/2003 4:35:16 PM PDT by Coleus (God is Pro Life and Straight http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/notify?detach=1)
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To: Salvation
Thanks Salvation,Happy Feast day Blessed Mother.
16 posted on 05/31/2003 4:53:37 PM PDT by fatima (Go Karen,Look at all these's prayers.For all our troops,we love you.)
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Luke 1:39-49 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name."
17 posted on 05/31/2003 5:18:44 PM PDT by fatima (Go Karen,Look at all these's prayers.For all our troops,we love you.)
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To: nickcarraway
Today was a busy day at the abortion clinic, and most of the patrons seemed resolute in their purpose (or too high on drugs to know exactly where they were). Near the end of the vigil, though, one couple paused, argued briefly in the parking lot, and then decided to leave--with some pro-life literature in hand. I had forgotten it was the Feast of the Visitation til I came home and glanced at the calendar.
18 posted on 05/31/2003 6:40:54 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: nickcarraway
My daughter was born on March 25, 2003 -- three weeks early. We had already planned on naming her Mary. It wasn't until I got home from the hospital that I realized she was born on the Feast of the Annunciation!
19 posted on 05/31/2003 8:37:17 PM PDT by Gophack
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Beautiful.
20 posted on 05/31/2003 11:12:53 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
**She was the first Evangelist and she continues to this day.**

Definitely Christ's first disciple!
21 posted on 05/31/2003 11:13:27 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Coleus
Thanks for those links.
22 posted on 05/31/2003 11:14:01 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: fatima
What a beautiful picture. Thank You!!!!!!!
23 posted on 05/31/2003 11:14:37 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation; fatima
It sure is...I downloaded it yesterday...
24 posted on 06/01/2003 8:50:56 AM PDT by Coleus (God is Pro Life and Straight http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/notify?detach=1)
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To: Coleus

A bump to the top on May 31, 2004 -- Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary!


25 posted on 05/31/2004 7:36:49 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway

BTTT on May 31, 2005, Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary!


26 posted on 05/31/2005 9:22:44 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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American Cathlic's Saint of the Day

May 31, 2005
Visitation

This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Birthday of John the Baptist (June 24).

Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages.

It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words.

Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.

Comment:

One of the invocations in Mary’s litany is “Ark of the Covenant.” Like the Ark of the Covenant of old, Mary brings God’s presence into the lives of other people. As David danced before the Ark, John the Baptist leaps for joy. As the Ark helped to unite the 12 tribes of Israel by being placed in David’s capital, so Mary has the power to unite all Christians in her Son. At times, devotion to Mary may have occasioned some divisiveness, but we can hope that authentic devotion will lead all to Christ and therefore to one another.

Quote:

“Moved by charity, therefore, Mary goes to the house of her kinswoman.... While every word of Elizabeth’s is filled with meaning, her final words would seem to have a fundamental importance: ‘And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her from the Lord’ (Luke 1:45). These words can be linked with the title ‘full of grace’ of the angel’s greeting. Both of these texts reveal an essential Mariological content, namely the truth about Mary, who has become really present in the mystery of Christ precisely because she ‘has believed.’ The fullness of grace announced by the angel means the gift of God himself. Mary’s faith, proclaimed by Elizabeth at the visitation, indicates how the Virgin of Nazareth responded to this gift” (Pope John Paul II, The Mother of the Redeemer, 12).



27 posted on 05/31/2005 10:00:08 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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BTTT on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31, 2006!


28 posted on 05/31/2006 7:33:26 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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I remember settling a bar discussion among friends about who was the first Christian. There had been much dispute and debate had settled into two camps: John the Baptist or Jesus.

Well, Jesus knew he was Lord, so there was no need of faith in that matter, and John the Baptist didn't learn of Jesus until later in life. It had to be Mary, at the Annunciation, when she agreed to bear the Son of God....that was the first moment anyone on earth believed that Jesus was Christ, the Son of God, Lord and Savior.

Of course it was Mary, it was agreed.

As it happened, the dispute ended, and discussion turned to arguments about something else entire.


29 posted on 05/31/2006 7:39:32 AM PDT by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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Great story!


30 posted on 05/31/2006 7:40:28 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Feast Day
May 31st

Visitation
Mariotto Albertinelli
1503 - Oil on wood, 232 x 146 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my Spirit rejoices in God my Savior..."


 

HISTORY:
Assuming that the Annunciation and the Incarnation took place about the vernal equinox, Mary left Nazareth at the end of March and went over the mountains to Hebron, south of Jerusalem, to visit her cousin Elizabeth, because her presence and much more the presence of the Divine Child in her womb, according to the will of God, was to be the source of very great graces to John, Christ's Forerunner.

The event is related in Luke 1:39-57. Feeling the presence of his Divine Savior, John, upon the arrival of Mary, leaped within the womb of his mother Elizabeth; he was then filled with the grace of God.

St. Joseph may have accompanied Mary, returned to Nazareth, and when, after three months, he came again to Hebron to take his wife home, the apparition of the angel, mentioned in Matthew 1:19-25, may have taken place to end the tormenting doubts of Joseph regarding Mary's maternity.

(Principal source - Catholic Encyclopedia - 1913 edition)

PRAYERS and READINGS

Collect:
Eternal Father,
You inspired the Virgin Mary, mother of Your Son,
to visit Elizabeth and assist her in her need.
Keep us open to the working of Your Spirit,
and with Mary may we praise You for ever.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jersalem! The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, He has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear evil no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Do not fear, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you in His love; He will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it."

Or Romans 12:9-16
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited.


Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-56
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is he fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

And Mary said,

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, He has put down the mighty from their thorns, and exalted those of low degree; He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity for ever".

And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.



31 posted on 05/31/2006 7:41:29 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Reading A sermon by St Bede the Venerable
Mary proclaims the greatness of the Lord working in her soul
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour. With these words Mary first acknowledges the special gifts she has been given. Then she recalls God’s universal favours, bestowed unceasingly on the human race.

When a man devotes all his thoughts to the praise and service of the Lord, he proclaims God’s greatness. His observance of God’s commands, moreover, shows that he has God’s power and greatness always at heart. His spirit rejoices in God his saviour and delights in the mere recollection of his creator who gives him hope for eternal salvation.

These words are often for all God’s creations, but especially for the Mother of God. She alone was chosen, and she burned with spiritual love for the son she so joyously conceived. Above all other saints, she alone could truly rejoice in Jesus, her saviour, for she knew that he who was the source of eternal salvation would be born in time in her body, in one person both her own son and her Lord.
For the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. Mary attributes nothing to her own merits. She refers all her greatness to the gift of the one whose essence is power and whose nature is greatness, for he fills with greatness and strength the small and the weak who believe in him.
She did well to add: and holy is his name, to warn those who heard, and indeed all who would receive his words, that they must believe and call upon his name. For they too could share in everlasting holiness and true salvation according to the words of the prophet: and it will come to pass, that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. This is the name she spoke of earlier: and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

Therefore it is an excellent and fruitful custom of holy Church that we should sing Mary’s hymn at the time of evening prayer. By meditating upon the incarnation, our devotion is kindled, and by remembering the example of God’s Mother, we are encouraged to lead a life of virtue. Such virtues are best achieved in the evening. We are weary after the day’s work and worn out by our distractions. The time for rest is near, and our minds are ready for contemplation.


32 posted on 05/31/2006 7:55:42 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

2. The Visitation
The Visitation Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth and is praised by her as "blessed among women." (Luke 1:39-56)

See how the Holy Spirit greets the Virgin Mary through the mouth of Elizabeth: "Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoke to thee by the Lord."
Blessed indeed, for by this faith in the word of God the Virgin Mary became the Mother of
Christ.
What finite creature has ever received honor such as this from the Infinite Being?
Mary gives all the glory to the Lord for the marvelous things which are accomplished in her.
From the moment of the Incarnation the Virgin Mother sings in her heart a canticle full of love and gratitude. 
In the presence of her cousin Elizabeth she allows the most profound sentiments of her heart to break forth in song; she intones the "Magnificat" which, in the course of centuries, her children will repeat with her to praise God for having chosen her among all women:
"My soul magnifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid...
Because He Who is mighty has done great things for me
And holy is His name."


33 posted on 05/31/2006 8:07:56 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway

BTTT on the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31, 2007!


34 posted on 05/31/2007 8:38:34 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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