The visitation church in the village of Ein Kerem, on the west side of Jerusalem, is named after the visit of the virgin Mary to Elizabeth in the summer house owned by Zechariah and Elizabeth. Ein Kerem, is according to tradition, the birthplace of John the Baptist.
Elizabeth was the cousin of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary visited Elizabeth when both were pregnant (hence the name - Church of visitation). During the visit, the baby leaped with joy in Elizabeth's womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
According to tradition, Mary met her cousin Elizabeth and sang a hymn of praise (the Magnificat), a song of gratitude to God.
We celebrated Mass in the Church of the Visitation - a beautiful church with amazing acoustics. Father Noel and Bishop Michael wore vestments from the Church of the Visitation.
Though reasonably small in number, the Harvest Pilgrimage group raised the roof with our prayers and our song. When you attend Mass do you actively participate in the Mass?