5. The Visit of the Most-holy Virgin Mary to the Righteous Elizabeth.
The Most-holy Virgin Mary having found out from the angel
that Her cousin Elizabeth, wife of the priest
Zacharias, would have soon gave birth to a son, hurried to visit her.
Entering the home, She
greeted Elizabeth. Upon hearing this greeting, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she realized that
Mary was honoured to be the Mother of God. Speaking with a loud voice she said,
"Blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb. And
whence is this to me that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?"
The Most-holy Virgin Mary in answer to the words
of Elizabeth praised God and said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour, for He
hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, for behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call Me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great
things; and holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him from
generation to generation." For about three months the Virgin Mary stayed
with Elizabeth, and then returned home to Nazareth.
God also informed the righteous aged Joseph of the
imminent birth of the Saviour by the Holy Virgin Mary. An angel of God
appearing to him in a dream revealed that Mary would bring forth a Son by the
action of the Holy Spirit as the Lord God had said through the Prophet Isaiah
(cf. 7:14). "And thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his
people from their sins," said the angel to Joseph.
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