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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Visitation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Text and Illustration taken from UNA VOCE OF ORANGE COUNTY
which states that all Text and Illustrations are taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
1952 Edition, with the kind permission of St. Bonaventure Press.

Feast Of The Visitation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Feast Day 2 July.

Double of the Second Class.

White Vestments.

Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Angel Gabriel had announced to Mary that God would soon give a son to Elizabeth. The Virgin at once betook herself to Hebron, where her cousin resided: That is the Mystery of the Visitation, which is Solemnised on the day following the Octave of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.

On this day, as in the Season of Advent, the Church recalls together the memories of the Precursor and of Jesus and Mary. For we then remarked, that the Friday in the Winter Ember Week recalled to us the same Mystery of the Visitation.

This Feast was instituted for the whole world, in 1389, by Pope Urban VI, in order to obtain the end of the great Western Schism. It was later on raised to the Rite of Double of the Second Class by Pope Pius IX, for on this Feast was completed at Rome in 1849 the victory of the Church over the Revolution.

The Magnificat.
The Canticle of Mary.
John Michael Talbot wrote the music
and the words are from the Gospel of Luke 1:46-55.
Sung by Annie Karto., Jackie Francois, John Michael Talbot.
Available on YouTube at

The Canticle of Mary.
This is Mary's great Exaltation of Praise to God.
For in her visit to Elizabeth, Mary's Faith is validated; that she will be The Mother of the World's Saviour - Jesus Christ! And so, with Rejoicing and Thanksgiving for all His mighty deeds, His mercy on the lowly and His fulfillment of Covenant - Mary's Soul bursts forth with Joy to the Lord.

Mary visits Elizabeth and Jesus visits and Sanctifies John. Wherefore, Saint John leaps with joy and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Ghost, exclaims: " Blessed art thou among women and Blessed is the Fruit of thy Womb" (Gospel).

The Virgin, Mother of God, who bears and gives birth to Him who bears and produces all things (Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion) then pronounces a "sublime Canticle" (Introit), the Magnificat.

Saint Benedict Ornate Wall Crucifix.


Saint Processus and Saint Martinian.
Feast Day 2 July.

Red Vestments.

Peter and Paul, cast into the Mamertine Prison, converted their two Warders, Processus and Martinian, and Baptised them. Brought before the statue of Jupiter, these new Christians refused to adore it and were put to death.

Mass: Sapientiam.

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