The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, May 31st, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and says she’s been chosen to bear the Son of God. He also says that her relative Elizabeth, who was considered barren, is in the sixth month of her pregnancy.

Immediately after hearing this news, Mary travels to visit Elizabeth. This is known as the Visitation.

First, we’ll look at the Gospel account of the Visitation.

Then, I’ll share four lessons from this significant event.

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Church of the Visitation: Ein Karem, Jerusalem. Photos from a friend.

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Quotes on the Rosary

From May to October 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal. She appeared to Francisco and Jacinta Marto (now canonized saints) and Lúcia dos Santos on the thirteenth day of each month.

Mary referred to herself as “the Lady of the Rosary” and told the children to pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world. She also told them to pray and sacrifice for sinners in order to save souls from going to hell.

Since we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Fátima on May 13th, I want to share thirteen quotes on the Rosary.

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Don’t Miss Divine Mercy Sunday!

I’ve been praying the Divine Mercy Novena since Good Friday. (I’m grateful to those who are praying along with me!)

Those praying the novena know it ends on April 27th, the day before the Feast of Mercy.

Have you heard of this feast?

I’d like to tell you about this special day because I don’t want you to miss out!

I’ll explain:

  • What it is
  • How one participates in it
  • Why one participates in it
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The Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Roman Catholic Church. Today, January 3rd we observe the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Below is a beautiful prayer known as the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Litanies are prayers containing a series of petitions and responses to God, the Blessed Mother and the saints. The word “litany” comes from the Greek word “lite” meaning prayer or supplication.

They are traditionally recited or sung during special Church celebrations and Masses. Some litanies can also be prayed privately.

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The Christmas Season and The Blessed Virgin Mary

Merry Christmas!

I know it’s after December 25th, but it’s still Christmas. Even though many treat Christmas like it’s one day, it’s actually a season that lasts much longer. (Good thing because that’s a lot of preparation for just one day!)

The Christmas season begins on December 24th with Christmas Eve (Vigil) Mass. During the Christmas season, we rejoice in the incredible mystery of the birth of Christ.

And the angel said to them [shepherds], “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).

Many feasts occur during this season, including:

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The Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary in the Roman Catholic Church. On October 7th, the annual feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated.

The Rosary has a rich and interesting history that could not be presented or explained in a simple blog post…

I feel it’s most important to focus on what the Rosary is and why it’s beautiful and powerful. My hope is that those who don’t already pray the Rosary will begin to; and those who already do will deepen and spread the devotion.

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