Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 5: Saint Elizabeth

"The Visitation" (of the Blessed Mother
and Saint Elizabeth) by Dieric Bouts (1445)


Elizabeth must have had a hard time, because she and her husband, Zachariah, were unable to have children for most of their married life. Then she got pregnant with John, whom we know as John the Baptist. When the Blessed Mother found out that she was pregnant with Jesus, the Messiah, and that her cousin Elizabeth was also pregnant in her older years, Mary went to visit her, and Elizabeth said, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the Fruit of your womb!”  


Elizabeth is the patron of pregnant women. So today, pray for all the ladies you know who are having babies…and pray for all the women who, like Elizabeth, have wanted a baby for years but still are not expecting a child.

Saint Elizabeth, pray for us!

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