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The Visitation, celebrated on May 31 in the West, is the visit between Mary and her much older cousin, Elizabeth. After the angel Gabriel had announced to Mary that she was to become the mother of Jesus, Mary traveled from Galilee to Judea and stayed with Elizabeth for three months. Elizabeth was soon to be the mother of John the Baptist.
The visit between these two women, one seemingly too old to have a child yet destined to bear the last prophet of a passing age; and the other seemingly not ready to have a child, but destined to bear the One heralding the age never to pass, has proven inspirational to artists.
In addition to reading the story in Luke 1:39-56, Saint Raphael's invites you to enjoy a sampling of Art of The Visitation.