Feast of the Visitation

Visitation, Feast of the

May 31
On this day Christian churches in the West commemorate the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. After learning that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went into the mountains of Judea to see her cousin, the barren wife of Zechariah, who had conceived a son who would come to be known as John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb" (1:41) at the sound of Mary's voice. It was at this moment, according to the belief of some Roman Catholics, that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin and filled with heavenly grace. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and returned home just before John was born.
See also St. John's Day
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SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 90
BkDays-1864, vol. II, p. 11
BkFest-1937, p. 187
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 168
EncyChristmas-2003, p. 471
RelHolCal-2004, p. 96
SaintFestCh-1904, p. 315
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