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The visitation of our Blessed Lady is the second of the Joyful Mysteries. The Angel having himself blessed the Virgin, “Hail full of Grace”, goes on to tell her, she is to become the mother of God. She is to bare a Son, she is to conceive and bare a Son in her womb. She asked the manner in which this will take place, to which the Angel instructs her that it will be by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, so that which she conceives, will be Holy and will be called Son of God. And then as a sign, the Angel also mentions to the Virgin that her cousin who was baron for her whole life, in her old age herself conceived a son because nothing is impossible to God. And so the very mystery that had just occurred, the Incarnation of the Word, the descent of the Son of God in to the womb of the Virgin – this mystery which occurred when the Virgin said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord that it be done to me according to thy word” animates the Virgin, she is immediately aware of the filial duty of charity that she has to her cousin. We’re told she went with haste. She went with haste to minister to her cousin, not that she doubted the Angels words, far from it; but knowing that Elizabeth would have need of her assistance but also it is necessary for the sanctification of John in his mother’s womb , as the same Angel told John’s father. Also it was an example to us that the greater we are, the more eager we should be in the service of others… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.