Many women, if they were expecting a child, would refuse to hurry over the hills on a visit of pure kindness. The Mother of God considered no such thing. Elizabeth was going to have a child too and although Mary’s own child was God, she could not forget Elizabeth’s need.
The feast of the Visitation recalls the following great events:
- The visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, shortly after the Annunciation
- The cleansing of John the Baptist from original sin at the words of Our Lady’s greeting
- Elizabeth’s cries of joy which become part of the chief Marian prayer, the Hail Mary: ‘Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb’ and
- Mary’s singing of the hymn, Magnificat, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’, which has become a part of the daily official prayer of the Church.