Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (May 31)
This Feast commemorates Mary visiting her cousin, Elizabeth, and is recalled when we pray the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Celebrated between the feasts of the Annunciation (March 25) and the Birth of John the Baptist (June 24), the Feast of the Visitation originated in the Church of the Middle Ages. It recalls Mary's visit to her cousin, Elizabeth, after the angel announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Filled with the Holy Spirit, these two great women recognized the power of God at work in their midst. "Blessed are you among women," Elizabeth said, "and blessed is the fruit of your womb."