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The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth

2nd Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

Scriptural Rosary      

She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, "Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled."

And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my Saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations shall call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down the princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy - according to the promise he made to our ancestors - of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever." (Luke 1: v40-56)

Meditation: When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, her coming caused marvels of grace. Today again Mary comes to visit us. Like Elizabeth we say "How happy am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me." Jesus, we thank you for sharing your Divine Life with us through Mary. We thank you that you chose to come to us through Mary. May we receive you and immediately desire to give you to others, like Mary.

Eternal Father, by the merits of the visitation, teach us to follow the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so as to know how to bring Christ to our brothers and to be able to glorify you in song and holiness of life.
Mary my Mother pray for me so that imitating your love I will take Jesus to my neighbour.

Our Father ... Hail Mary (x10) ... Glory be ... O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven especially those who have most need of thy mercy.

La Visitazione di Maria a Santa Elisabetta      
Secondo Mistero Gaudioso del Santo Rosario

La Visitación de María a su prima Isabel      
Segundo Misterio Gozoso del Santo Rosario

Visite de la Vierge Marie à sa cousine Élisabeth     
Deuxième Mystère Joyeux du Saint Rosaire avec Sr Hyacinthe OP

Second Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary with Sr Hyacinthe OP      

with Westminster Cathedral Rosary Group       

The Visitation - As we contemplate this wonderful mystery, let us pray for the protection of all vulnerable human life. May the eyes of the world be opened to the beauty and dignity of each human person, whatever their age or capacities. And we pray for an end to laboratory experimentation on the earliest moments of human life and to an end to abortion.

And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out with a loud voice, saying "Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."

BXVI Catechesis - The Canticle of Mary      

".. The first movement of the Marian canticle (cf Lk 1, 46-50) is a sort of solo voice that rises to heaven to reach the Lord. We hear the voice of Our Lady herself who speaks thus of her Saviour, who has done great things in her soul and in her body. In fact, note the constant resonance of the first person: "My soul... my spirit... my Saviour... they will call me blessed... great things have been done in me... ". The soul of the prayer is, thus, the celebration of divine grace which has made an irruption in the heart and in the existence of Mary, rendering her the Mother of the Lord.

The intimate structure of her praying song is, therefore, praise, thanksgiving, grateful joy. But this personal witness is not solitary and intimate, purely individualistic, because the Virgin Mother is conscious of having a mission to accomplish for humanity and her story is inserted within the history of salvation. And thus she can say: "His mercy extends from generation to generation over those who fear him" (v 50). With this praise of the Lord, Our Lady gives voice to all the redeemed creatures who in her "fiat", and thus in the figure of Jesus born of the Virgin, find the mercy of God."

3 2us by Father Matt Blake OCD      

"Jesus has just been conceived in the womb of Mary; it's probably only days, weeks at the very most, time when most women would not even know that they are pregnant, Jesus is a living human being but in the most hidden place any human being can be. Yet we remember that Jesus is hidden within us, within every person, in what St John of the Cross calls our deepest centre. That's where we first meet Him in the Gospels and that's where He is with us always. John the Baptist is also a child in the womb. We're told by his mother Elizabeth that he leapt with joy. John, in the womb, could receive Jesus, could receive the grace of Jesus's presence. A reminder to us that not only is a child in the womb a living human being, but a child in the womb has the capacity to receive God's grace, has a spiritual life, is in relationship with God."

[Magnificat sung by the Poor Clare Sisters TMD]

Isabelle's Something about Mary       

"I cherish the image of the Visitation in the Rosary - it's my favourite one. When I see Mary so young and so full of joy, and expressing her joy to Elizabeth.  And I receive that personally, like Mary coming to me, comforting me and sending all her graces."

Anthony's Something about Mary       

"I actually love Our Lady and what really makes me happy about her is what Elizabeth said to her when she visited Elizabeth, that blessed is she who believes the word the Lord told her would come to pass."

The Song of Mary, the Mother of God - the Magnificat        
- sung by the Poor Clare Sisters from Ty Mam Duw

My soul magnifies the God of love; - Gabriel was sent to Galilee - Joyful is my soul in God, above. - where he spoke unto the maid Marie: For the Lord has come, mankind to bless, - "Highly favoured one, the Lord's with you! - looking on his handmaid's lowliness. - Marie be not afraid." - Blessed they shall call me from this day. - "You have won God's favour, blessed one. - Mighty is the Lord to whom we pray. - You will bear a child, God's own dear Son. - Holy is his name, for evermore; - Call him Jesus. He'll be Israel's king. - merciful the God, whom we adore. - Salvation He will bring. - Might is the arm of Israel's Lord. - Mary questioned: "How can this thing be?" - Scattering the vain, with one accord; - "Truly, no man ever has known me." - putting down the proud ones from their seats; - "God's own Spirit will come down on you, - lifting up the lowly and the meek. - Salvation he will bring." - He has filled the hungry, with all good things; - "I am Yahweh's handmaid," said Marie. - Sent away the rich and noble kings. - "As you say, be it done unto me." - He has blest his servant, Israel, - By the Spirit, Mary did conceive - merciful the Lord who makes all well. - God's Word was then made flesh.

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary: the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation of Jesus & Finding of Jesus in the Temple.

The Luminous Mysteries: the Baptism of Jesus, Wedding at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, Transfiguration & Institution of the Eucharist.

The Sorrowful Mysteries: the Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning with thorns, Carrying of the Cross & Crucifixion.

The Glorious Mysteries: the Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, Assumption of Mary & Coronation of Mary.

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