THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
2. The Visitation
||Mary goes to visit her
cousin Elizabeth and is praised by her as "blessed among
women." (Luke 1:39-56)
See how the Holy Spirit greets the Virgin Mary through the mouth of Elizabeth: "Blessed art
thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And blessed art thou that hast
believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoke to thee by the Lord."
Blessed indeed, for by this faith in the word of God the Virgin Mary became the Mother of
What finite creature has ever received honor such as this from the Infinite Being?
Mary gives all the glory to the Lord for the marvelous things which are accomplished in her.
From the moment of the Incarnation the Virgin Mother sings in her heart a canticle full of
love and gratitude.
In the presence of her cousin Elizabeth she allows the most profound sentiments of her heart
to break forth in song; she intones the "Magnificat" which, in the course of centuries, her
children will repeat with her to praise God for having chosen her among all women:
"My soul magnifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid...
Because He Who is mighty has done great things for me
And holy is His name."