2nd Day –  The Visitation

O Mary, Our Mother
we come to this place
where you who are sinless
appeared full of grace.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

 Make the sign of the cross.
– In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
   And of the Holy Spirit.
– Amen.

Luke 1: 39-56

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.  She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.  Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  She gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.   Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord?  Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.  Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”  And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant.  Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.  Holy is his name, and his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him.  He has used the power of his arm, he has routed the arrogant of heart.  He has pulled own princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly.  He has filled the starving with good things, sent the rich away empty.  He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his faithful love – according to the promise he made to our ancestors-of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants forever.  Mary stayed with her some three months and then went home.

Just like Mary with the Angel, Elizabeth is surprised by Mary’s visit.  “Surprise”: the word is inadequate.  “Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord?”  Bernadette is also surprised.  Until the 16th apparition on 25th March, she dared not say that the Blessed Virgin was appearing to her.

Conversion is born of surprise: why should the Lord be interested in me?  Why should I matter in His eyes?  We offer this decade so that man, and we, ourselves in particular, may hear the call to conversion, and that we may do penance as John the Baptist, Jesus, and Mary asks us.

Recite the Our Father.
Recite one decade of the Rosary thinking about the Mystery being contemplated.

Hail Mary, full of grace;
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit who is now and shall be evermore Amen!

Concluding prayer:

Lord
You prepared Mary to be the Mother of your Son.
By her Immaculate Conception,
You protected her from sin, from all the wounds of sin.
This is why She had the strength to say “yes” in faith,
from the Annunciation to the Cross.
What you realized in Mary, Lord, is admirable.
We give you thanks.

In Lourdes, Lord, you prepared Bernadette
to be a witness to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
In the transparency of her heart,
in her humility and courage,
she thwarted all the tricks of the evil one,
What you realized in Bernadette, Lord, is admirable.
We give you thanks.

In these days before our pilgrimage Lord,
Prepare us to receive the grace of the Jubilee.

That we may be ready to receive Your word,
of  which Mary is the echo;

Ready to be reconciled with You
And with our neighbors, close or distant;
Ready to experience this Church event
in fraternal communion, prayer and service.

May Mary guide us to the Grotto of Massabielle,
so that, on our return, we too may say with her
“The Lord has done great things for us”.

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