Our Lady of the Visitation

Feast Day – 31 May

The feast of the Visitation recalls to us the following great truths and events:

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The visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation;

the cleansing of John the Baptist from original sin in the womb of his mother at the words of Our Lady’s greeting;

Elizabeth’s proclaiming of Mary—under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost—as Mother of God and “blessed among women”;

Mary’s singing of the sublime hymn, Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”) which has become a part of the daily official prayer of the Church.