Mary Visits Elizabeth and the Canticle of Mary

August 15, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB PS 45:10, 11, 12, 16 1 COR 15:20-27

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LK 1:39-56

Mary set out

and traveled to the hill country in haste

to a town of Judah,

where she entered the house of Zechariah

and greeted Elizabeth.

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,

the infant leaped in her womb,

and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,

cried out in a loud voice and said,

"Blessed are you among women,

and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And how does this happen to me,

that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,

the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

Blessed are you who believed

that what was spoken to you by the Lord

would be fulfilled."

And Mary said:

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

and has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children forever."

Mary remained with her about three months

and then returned to her home.


meet our extended family

St. Catherine of Alexandria (Feast Day November 25)

287-310 d.

Catherine of Alexandria was born around 287 in Alexandria, Egypt. At that time, Alexandria was one of the finest cities in the world, and a center of learning and culture as well as faith. Christian tradition states that she was of noble birth, possibly a princess, and very well-educated. Around the age of fourteen, she experienced a moving vision of Mary and the infant Jesus, and she decided to become a Christian.


When she was only eighteen years old, Catherine presented herself to the Emperor Maxentius who was violently persecuting the Christians, denounced him for his cruelty, and endeavored to prove that worship of false gods was wrong. Astounded at the young girl's audacity, but unable to provide an argument against her position, the tyrant detained her in his palace and summoned fifty philosophers to debate her. However, Catherine was moved by the power of the Holy Spirit and spoke eloquently in defense of her faith and emerged from the debate victorious. Her words were so moving that several of the pagans converted to Christianity and were immediately executed. Maxentius was furious and had Catherine scourged and then imprisoned. During her imprisonment more than 200 people came to see her, including Maxentius' wife. All converted to Christianity and were subsequently martyred. Twelve days later, when the dungeon was opened, a bright light and fragrant perfume filled the space, and Catherine came forth even more radiant and beautiful. Soon afterwards, the saint was condemned to die on a spiked wheel, but, at her touch, this instrument of torture was miraculously shattered. The Emperor, enraged beyond control, then had her beheaded. Angels carried her body to Mount Sinai where later a church and monastery were built in her honor. 


Take time to chat

⦁ What would it have been like for Elizabeth and Mary to realize they were a special part of God’s plan for salvation?

⦁ Elizabeth greets Mary with a blessing. What words would you use to greet Mary if she visited your home?

⦁ Mary responds to Elizabeth with a prayer called the Magnificat. This prayer describes God’s power and goodness. What are some qualities of God that are mentioned in this prayer? How would you describe God?

⦁ Explain how the power of the Holy Spirit moved in young Catherine of Alexandria. What would happen if you opened yourself up to the power of the Holy Spirit?


Recipe of the week

Pineapple Rosemary Agua Fresca

The feast of the Assumption is also a harvest feast day. In many Catholic countries today is the day the vineyards, herbs and plants are blessed. This wonderful Pineapple and Rosemary Aqua Fresca is perfect for the feast of the Assumption.

3 cups pineapple chunks

4 cups water divided

2 Tbsp. rosemary

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups pineapple juice

4 cup ice

pineapple chunks and rosemary sprigs for garnish

Combine pineapple chunks, 2 cups water and rosemary in a blender or food processor. Blend until completely liquified. Allow the rosemary to steep in the liquid for about 15 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add remaining water, sugar and pineapple juice and ice to the pitcher. Stir to combine. Portion Agua Fresca in glasses and garnish with chunks of pineapple and rosemary sprigs.


Family Fun

Visit a Marian Statue

Visit a Marian Statue at a local parish or retreat center. Bring a bouquet of flowers and leave them there to honor our Blessed Mother. When there, ask Mary to intercede for any specific intentions. Remind children to turn to their heavenly mother in times of need and ask for her prayers.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,

our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To you do we cry,

poor banished children of Eve.

To you do we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this valley of tears

Turn then, most gracious advocate,

your eyes of mercy toward us,

and after this exile

show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving,

O sweet Virgin Mary.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The 2nd Reading is usually from a letter to a community in the early Church. Before the reading is proclaimed, the lector announces who wrote the letter and the community for which it was written. Who wrote today’s letter? Which community was it written for?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Plan a visit to a family member or friend who is lonely. Bring flowers or baked goods to brighten their day.

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Fun Facts!

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The Assumption celebrated on August 15th refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary being assumed — body and soul — into heaven at the end of her earthly life. As evidenced by the writings of many early Church fathers, Christians have believed for more than a millennium that the Blessed Virgin was assumed into heaven. In 1950, Pope Pius XII issued Munificentissimus Deus, which officially defined the Dogma of the Assumption. This feast day is a Holy Day of Obligation.