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Upon being told by the angel Gabriel that her cousin, Elizabeth, was with child, the Blessed Virgin Mary went to visit her in the mountains, about six miles west of Jerusalem. Mary hurried to the town of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. At her greeting, the baby stirred in Elizabeth’s womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Pope Urban VI instituted this feast on July 2, 1389. It is now celebrated on the last day of May to conform more closely to the Gospel account.
FEAST DAY: May 31