Joyful Mysteries: The Visitation


In this month of the Holy Rosary, we are pleased to introduce our new series of short reflections, ‘A Minute with Mary’. For the month of October Paul will cover each of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

The VisitationThe Second Joyful Mystery: the Visitation

“And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!'” (Luke 1: 41-42) 

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Scripture tells us that Mary left immediately to journey to her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist. Mary wants to be there to help Elizabeth through this important time in her life, even though Mary too, was carrying a child. But Mary also knew God wanted Her to bring the presence of Jesus in her womb to anoint John the Baptist in the womb of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth, being filled with the Holy Spirit, acclaims out loud praise for both Jesus and Mary, and calls Mary the Mother of God. Even though Jesus is a few-day-old embryo, the Spirit leads Elizabeth to recognise Him as a Person – the Son of God! Are we, who claim to be filled with the Holy Spirit; are we able to imitate Elizabeth in praising Mary with all our heart? And do we, like Scripture, recognise the sanctity of human life from conception?

Mary replies to Elizabeth with those beautiful words from the Magnificat – “The Lord has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”


About Author

Paul Elarde is passionate about responding to Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelisation. He has presented faith talks to young adult groups and parishes around Sydney for the past nine years and led groups on pilgrimage to many Marian Shrines in Europe. Paul has worked for the Sydney Archdiocese as coordinator for the pastoral aspects of the visit of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s incorrupt body for WYD08, and on the leadership team for the Sydney Archdiocesan Youth Leaders Formation Courses. He has studied theology and is a graduate from The University of Notre Dame in Sydney.

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