The feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the visit of the Mother of God, with the child Jesus in her womb, to her cousin Elizabeth, who was herself six months’ pregnant with the forerunner of Christ, Saint John the Baptist. At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel, in response to Mary’s question “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” (Luke 1:34 ), had told her that “thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God” (Luke 1:36-27). The evidence of Elizabeth’s own near-miraculous conception had called forth Mary’s fiat: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word.” It is thus appropriate that the very next action that Saint Luke the Evangelist records is the Blessed Virgin “making haste” to visit her cousin.
- Other Names for the Feast:The Visitation
The Significance of the Visitation
Arriving at the house of Zachary (or Zacharias) and Elizabeth, Mary greets her cousin, and something wonderful happens: John the Baptist leaps in Elizabeth’s womb Luke 1:41). As the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 puts it in its entry on the Visitation, Mary’s “presence Continue reading
The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. It is also known as the Canticle of Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours, a special collection of scripture readings, psalms, and hymns that constitute what is known as the prayer of the church. (Priests and other religious are required to pray sections from the Liturgy of the Hours each day.)
Although the Magnificat has had numerous musical settings from such composers as Palestrina, Bach and Mozart, it can be recited as well as sung. Its name comes from the Continue reading
“Stand” a play by Jim Reyland will be live on stage at the JFK High School Auditorium. The free show on Wednesday September 30th will benefit St. Louis Homeless.
A true story of addiction and grace, friendship and redemption that will move audiences to laughter and tears. Starring Bary Scott and Henry O Arnold, Directed by David Compton.
Supporters include Kennedy High School, St. Patrick Center and The Bridge.
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Come hear Ivan share the messages of our Blessed Mother!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH
4:30 pm – Doors Open
5:30 pm – Welcome!
Statement on Medjugorje
Introduction of Ivan Dragicevic
6:40 pm – Apparition
6:50 pm – Testimony by Ivan
8:00 pm – Q & A
9:00 pm – Conclusion
Music will be performed by world-renowned musician, Michael John Poirier.
J. Scheidegger Center at Lindenwood University
J. Scheidegger Center
2300 W. Clay St., St. Charles, MO 63001
About IVAN DRAGICEVIC
Ivan is the older of the two boys who sees Our Lady and was born on May 25th, 1965, in Bijakovici. Our Lady has appeared to him every day since June 24, 1981. Our Lady has confided nine secrets to Ivan. He is now married and resides half the year in the parish of Medjugorje and half the year in Boston, MA. Ivan and his wife Laureen have four children.
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Thought you’d be interested in seeing an Annual Report that’s automatically generated by this site (WordPress) on the Statistics for all of 2014. Click on the link and scroll down to view! Enjoy!
My 2014 annual report..