The reason for the celebration + The Feast of the Visitation recalls the journey made by the Blessed Virgin to see her relative, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with Saint John the Baptist. + The Feast of the Visitation recalls the journey made by the Blessed Virgin to see her relative, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with Saint John the Baptist. one God, for ever and ever. Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid: anima nostra Dominum, Saluta nunc Ecclesiam, She made this vow: ‘O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. For fidelity in living our commitment to protect our planet as was stated in the CND Mission Orientation, General Chapter, 2011, we pray with eager hearts . Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. "statcounter.com/counter/counter.js'>"). and so we follow Mary’s way and Mary’s course. Not only did you see with your own eyes her marvelous condition, but you heard from her own lips the confirmation that you were to be the Mother of God. to bring Christ to everyone, obeying the Father, in the love of the Spirit! In 1969, it was moved to today’s date so that it can be celebrated between the Solemnity of the Annunciation (on March 25) and the Solemnity of the birth of Saint John the Baptist (on June 24). Our presence in certain more vulnerable regions of the world, namely Africa and Central America, make us acutely aware of current global risks. You fill the hungry with good things, Looking upon the flowers, she gave Him human sight. Now is the time for us to take a concrete, collective action in support of actions against climate change.”  You also received from the Central Office a Reflection Before Renewal of Commitment to reflect on whether you wished to sign this Corporate Stand at the time of your renewal. May this give meaning to our lives! qui laude te nobilitat Almighty ever-living God, He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.’. And haven for our wretchedness, Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. As we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, grant us God, the capacity to wonder, to stand in awe as did Mary and Elizabeth at the new life within them. Mary, with Saint Joseph, through her visit, even it’s just for a brief moment, touched and changed the whole lives of Saint Elizabeth, Saint Zechariah, and Saint John the Baptist, with God’s graces. The prayer is addressed to Our Lady of the Visitation. It is to you for help they turn. That hearing, it may thrill with joy May I be a carrier of joy wherever I go. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Put away your wine.’ But Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. .css-1dr8n2z{color:#bf0149;}.css-1b2do9l{font-family:Georgia,serif;}.css-1k3dd5h{font-size:large;}The reason for the celebration. Mary, after the annunciation of the angel Gabriel that you were to bear the Messiah, you hastened to your cousin Elizabeth, not only to help her, but to see if what you had been told was true. O Mary, raise your eyes and see Support Aleteia with as little as $1. Have Faith. will be the mutual celebration of the Christ we take, as You once did. He hath put down the mighty from their seat F IRST R EADING (1st Option) Zephaniah 3:14-18a On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters; but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One Have mercy on us (3x) Invitatory Antiphon: Let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, and the rich He hath sent empty away. If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible. But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Tecum, Virgo, magnificat ", Reading from The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander. From the Central Office of the Associate Relationship, you have received Sr. Jo Badali’s letter announcing “Now is the opportune moment for us to join together in solidarity, to act together, to use our collective voice to effect change. Procede, portans parvulum, * Fr. This Irish blessing is what we all need to he... SpaceX’s ‘Resilience’ commanded by astronaut ... © Copyright Aleteia SAS all rights reserved. and hath exalted the humble. ut mundus possit credere We need you. Closing Prayer All: On this day of thanksgiving, receive, Lord, our prayer. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! you who left in haste towards the mountain to meet Elizabeth, ResponseGracious God, hear our prayer. Her husband Elkanah said to her, ‘Hannah, why do you weep? All her experience of the world about her was gathered to Christ growing in her…   The smallest creatures repeat the same in a language which is mute to humankind. who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, Our souls now magnify the Lord, MAY 31: HAPPY FEAST OF THE VISITATION OF OUR LADY! exsurgat in lætitia, That all the world may grow in faith, Live Positive. in fraternity, justice and peace. A Gift for the Feast of the Visitation: Sister Joan Mahoney, CND has prepared a prayer service. var sc_invisible=1; They rose early in the morning and worshipped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah.