The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Feast Day: May 31
The feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. John was aware of the presence of the Lord and leapt in Elizabeth’s womb. The readings of the day (see below) reflect and recount this narrative.
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is observed on May 31.
Daily Mass Readings for the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- First Reading – Zephaniah 3:14-18a: ” On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior;”
- Alternate First Reading – Romans 12:9-16: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Isaiah 12: “Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.”
- Gospel – Luke 1:39-56: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice”
The rosary is one of the most misunderstood Catholic devotions. While some non-Catholics see it as worshiping Mary, it is in fact focused on Christ. The mysteries of the rosary are based on important events in the life of Christ, including the Visitation.
Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the saints? This lesson plan will help youth understand that it is like asking a friend to pray for you. And it points out that asking for prayer is not the same as worship.
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“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”
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