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TheotokosTheotokos Minor Feast Days - Visitation of The Theotokos to Elizabeth after the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

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25 April - On April 1, 1844, this Feast day was established by His Beatitude, Maximos III, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles.

The Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be The Theotokos (Mother of God). Mary said yes to that annuncement. (The Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary) occurred.
Also, the Archangel Gabriel told The Theotokos that her cousin Elizabeth was to have baby.
Soon afterwards, The Theotokos went to help her cousin. (Luke 1:39-56)
When The Theotokos met Elizabeth, her expected baby, who was The Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist, recognized the baby that The Theotokos was expecting, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, as Our Lord, God and Savior and leaped with joy. Elizabeth understood her son's reaction. Elizabeth said "Most 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". (Lk. 1:42)
The Theotokos replied with a Canticle, which is sometime called the Magnificat.
The Theotokos stayed until after The Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist was born.

Part of the Gospel of the Visitation is read on these minor feast days.

More Information

The Visitation of Our Lady to Elizabeth Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Our Lady the Theotokos

Visitation of Holy Virgin Mary to Elizabeth Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

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The Visitation of Our Lady to Elizabeth Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Our Lady the Theotokos

Visitation of Holy Virgin Mary to Elizabeth Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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