The Life of Mary:
New Testament Elements:
Infancy: Visitation (Mary's Service)
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The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Mary's Service. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, in homilies or for research. For the full title and document data, click on the abbreviation code (for example, BYM leads you to the document, Behold Your Mother). This will also lead you to the complete document on this website or assist you in locating it elsewhere.

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Documents VI. The Life of Mary / 2c. Sacred Scripture: New Testament Elements Infancy: Visitation (Mary's Service)
Lumen Gentium, 1964
  • arising in haste to go to visit Elizabeth (cf. Lk 1:41-45) 57
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • During the Visitation the gifts of the Messiah flowed through her: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Elizabeth, the joy of the future Precurser (cf. LK 1:41). 8
To All Consecrated Persons, Marian Year, 1988
Redemptoris Custos, St. Joseph, 1989
  • Besides offering a salutation which recalled that of the angel at the Annunciation, Elizabeth also said: "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." (Lk 1:45) 4
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994
Fidei Depositum, 1992
717 "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John." (Jn 1:6) John was "filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb" (Lk 1:15, 41) by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary's visitation to Elizabeth thus became a visit from God to his people. (cf. Lk 1:68)
Veritatis Splendor, 1993
  • Teach them to proclaim the mighty things which the Lord accomplishes in the world, that all peoples may extol the greatness of his name. 112


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