Only in the Catholic Church would a Feast Day first celebrated in the thirteenth century be considered “new.” But that is when the Visitation first appeared in some liturgical calendars. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Elizabeth greeted Mary with the words, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." The Visitation is the visit of Mary to Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:39–56. T hen the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. It is also the name of a Christian feast day commemorating this visit, celebrated on 31 May in the West (2 July in calendars of the 1263–1969 period, and in the modern regional calendar of Germany) and 30 March among Eastern Christians. Catholics have reserved May to be Mary’s month. We reflect on the mystery of the Visitation in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Mary, was told that she would give a virgin birth to the Son of God. Two young mothers and their treasures meet. Elizabeth was not only granted the grace to bear the forerunner of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This means that May is our sweet honoring for Mary. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills. Mary is always a Visitor in your life. The Archangel Gabriel, at the time of the Annunciation, informed the Mother of God that Her cousin Elizabeth had miraculously conceived and was soon to be the mother … The visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary teaches us that we must recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence and trust everything that the Lord has promised. Luke is connecting Mary to the Ark of the Old Testament. Feast of the Magnificat of the Mother of God. The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May 31—Feast Liturgical Color: White . The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the second joyful mystery of the rosary. Though both pregnancies seemed impossible, the Lord made true to his promises, and salvation came forth. This visit is recorded in Luke 1:39-56. When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. At the Visitation, Luke is making some amazing connections between Mary and events of the Old Testament. It is just providential that The Visitation of Mary is always commemorated on May 31 st each year! After the angel Gabriel had announced to Mary that she was to become the mother of Our Lord, Mary went from Galilee to Judea to visit her kinswoman Elizabeth, soon to be the mother of John the Baptist. Mary, though pregnant herself, made haste to help and care for Elizabeth. Mary, the Woman, presided at the three great moments of life: at a birth on the occasion of the Visitation, at a marriage at the Marriage Feast of Cana, and at a Death, or … That, in my opinion, is the loving response of Mary to us. Here is the scene that Luke is referencing from the Old Testament, 2 Samuel 6 : 2, 5-16, 23, reproduced with emphasis below: