In the Catholic tradition, the entire month of May is devoted to the Virgin Mary and the faithful congregate for daily prayers to her. The Visitation recalls the meeting of the two future Mothers: the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. The feast and the afternoon procession mark the end of this month of prayer.
Highlights of the feast
Jerusalem, Ein Kerem and the Old City – The Catholic Church of the Visitation is located in Ein Kerem, on a hill slope above the Ein Kerem spring.
In the morning, a Mass is celebrated in the church of the Visitation.
In the afternoon, a procession honoring the Virgin Mary marches through the Christian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
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