On May 31st we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. By remembering this event we recall the story of Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth. It is a lovely image of two women coming together to share each other’s joys and fears of becoming mothers. You might like to read the story to the children and take a moment to discuss, think about and pray the scripture passage with the children.
Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said in a loud voice, “You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear! Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me? For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness. How happy you are to believe that the Lord’s message to you will come true!”
1. Who is in this story?
2. Where does it say the event happened?
3. What was Elizabeth’s reaction to Mary’s visit?
4. What does Elizabeth say?
5. How is Mary described in the passage?
6. Read it again and ask the children to say a word or a line that they remember from listening to the story?
7. Does the story remind you of anything? What message might the story have for us- for example, that we have someone we can go to and share our joys/ fears, how Elizabeth and Mary listened to God in their lives. Can you draw a picture of this event? What might you put into the picture?