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Monday, May 31, 2010

Feast of the Visitation

For the Feast of the Visitation there are two Prefaces of the Blessed Virgin Mary given in the "Magnificat". The first talks about our giving thanks always and everywhere "as we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, she became the virgin mother of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is for ever the light of the world."

The second Preface says:
"Father, all powerful and ever living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks,
and to praise you for your gifts
as we contemplate your saints in glory.

In celebrating the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
it is our special joy to echo her song of thanksgiving.
What wonders you have worked throughout the world.
All generations have shared the greatness of your love.
When you looked on Mary your lowly servant,
you raised her to be the mother of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, the savior of mankind..."

This is really a wonderful and joyful feast. Mary goes to Elizabeth and Jesus communicates with the babe in the womb of Elizabeth. The morning prayer in my "Magnificat" has this reading from Tobit which seems to call me to prayer:
"Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory. Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Before all men, honor and proclaim God's deeds, and do not be slack in praising him. A king's secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor."

I think just being grateful is a way of praising God.

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