Prayer 31st May – Visitation by Mary

Feast of the Visitation by Mary

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

The VisitationShort Story: The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a Son, Jesus. The Angel also said that her cousin Elizabeth was already six months pregnant. This was amazing news since Elizabeth was old and barren. Mary, probably accompanied by Joseph, ‘hurriedly’ went to visit Elizabeth, an estimated 160kms (100mls). When Mary arrived Elizabeth exclaimed with a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child in your womb. And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? For the instant the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy”. (Luke 1:42-44) Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months, possibly until the birth of Elizabeth’s son, John the Baptist.

Mary’s Thoughts at this time were:
My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons forever. Amen.

Private Reflection: The Angelus Prayer:
L: The Angel of the Lord declared onto Mary,
R: and she was conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary …

L: Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R:  be it done onto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary …

L: The word was made flesh,
R: and He dwelt amongst us. Hail Mary …

L: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth we beseech Thee O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary Queen of Heaven:   Pray for Us

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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