The Angel Gabriel had announced to Mary that God would soon give a son to Elizabeth. The Blessed Virgin at once went to Hebron, where her cousin resided. That is the mystery of the Visitation, which is celebrated on the day following the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
My soul doth magnify the Lord; and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. — Gospel
The Imitation of Christ
What shall I give Thee for all these thousand favors? Would that I could serve Thee all the days of my life.
It was on this day that the Blessed Virgin expressed the exultation of her heart in that beautiful canticle, The Magnificat. It was on this day, too, that Elizabeth first used the words which we repeat so often. “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”
If you are not familiar with the Magnificat, don’t fail to become acquainted with this literary masterpiece. Say the Hail Mary with special fervor today.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.