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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The Church said, the Feast of the Visitation is a clear reminder that "with faith in God, nothing is impossible." (Christina I.
May 31 was the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Mother, who brought so much joy and help to her cousin Elizabeth by her presence and visit.
Ottawa--On May 31, the feast of the Visitation, Archbishop Marcel Gervais of Ottawa addressed nearly a thousand people at an outdoor Mass in Vanier, Ottawa.
31 In 1889, Johnstown flood killed 2,100 people in the Pennsylvania town; Feast of the Visitation (Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth, culminating in the prayer, the Magnificat); spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere--of Mars.
18 Kennedy notices that the wake occurs on the Feast of the Visitation, but derives no significance from it, despite the suggestive quotation in her title, "Lying still" (363).
Thousands of devotees of the La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc, the revered Patroness of Ilocos Norte, witnessed the Pontifical Coronation of her image last May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady, at her shrine at the St.
Saying the country needs 'renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit' and 'the mighty wind and fire of the Spirit of truth and love,' Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle declared May 20 (Pentecost Sunday) to May 31 (the Feast of the Visitation) days of prayer, fasting and action 'for truth and common good.'
Arguelles revealed Muller's ruling in a communique to the archdiocesan faithful the next day, May 31, which, he sadly noted, was the Feast of the Visitation (formerly Feast of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace).
Roman Catholics led by Marian devotees will celebrate tomorrow the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth after the Blessed Mother was told by the Archangel Gabriel that her cousin, who was barren and advance in years, was with child.
The Feast of the Visitation, which commemorates the time Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:3956), was very meaningful to Charles de Foucauld.
Meanwhile, the twelve-days of praying, fasting, and ringing of church bells in all parishes under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Manila begins tomorrow until May 31, the Feast of the Visitation.
Yesterday was the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Mother.

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