The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth


Maronite Icon of the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

On this feast we commemorate the day that Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. Mary had just received news from the Angel Gabriel that she was to have a child – The Annunciation.
Upon arriving in the city of Judah, Elizabeth greets her with Joy. Elizabeth immediately knows Mary is pregnant and that the child she carries, is the one who has come to be sacrificed for the world. Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. Her child (John the Baptist) leaps in her womb and Elizabeth cries out:

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?  For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” 

Luke 1:42-45

The Holy Spirit has filled Elizabeth and her unborn baby, John is baptised in the womb and will have his own mission to be the forerunner of Christ.

St Ephrem writes:

The Word of the Father came from 
His womb.
and put on a body in another womb;
the Word proceeded from one womb to another-
and chaste wombs are now filled with the Word;
blessed is He who has resided in us

Through the Mystery (Sacrament) of the Eucharist we are privileged to receive Jesus, He resides in us just as he did in Mary’s Womb.

On this feast let us remember that we can encounter Christ everyday through prayer and through the mystery of the Eucharist. We ask you Lord to heal us from our sins through this mystery, and allow us to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit.

By Christina Maksisi

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