We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today we celebrate the feast day of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin, St. Elizabeth, who is the Patron of St. Elizabeth school here is Regina.
Listen to the story from Luke's gospel:
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.' … And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned to her home.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
In this beautiful Gospel story, we see John the Baptist jumping for joy in his mother Elizabeth's belly as he recognizes Jesus in his Mary. Mary's said yes to god to bring Jesus into the world and this was a big commitment and responsibility – image being the mother to the son of God! Mary knows what we struggle with in our lives as we try to say yes to God.
So we pray:
O Mary we pray that we too will be willing to make a commitment of loving care:
- when a classmate is upset and needs a listening ear.
- when someone on the playground is not included.
- when a teacher needs help with carrying things to the classroom.
- when our mom or dad asks us to help with a chore.
- when a brother or sister needs our caring.
- when a neighbour needs help carrying groceries into the house.
Mary, pray that we grow strong in our desire to do good.
In this month devoted to Mary we pray:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
We also celebrate today St. Joan of Arc patron of our RCSD's St. Joan of Arc whose feast day was this past Sunday.
We close our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
St. Elizabeth…. Pray for us.
St. Joan of Arc …. Prayer for us.
Mary, the Mother of God …. Pray for us.