THE VISIT OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY TO ELIZABETH©
ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo
The archangel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would give birth to a son to be named Jesus (Luke 1:26-38). The Annunciation must have happened on August 17, 34 BC, a Saturday. For a birth on May 23 (revealed and proven to be correct), her first day of menstruation should be August 17 which is also the day when Jesus was crucified and died in 1 BC.
A few days later, she left Nazareth “and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah” (Luke 1:39). According to Pasiong Mahal, page 18a, her espoused husband Joseph accompanied her, to wit: “Nang malibang ilang araw, kay Mariang naisipan paroo’t siya’y dumalaw, sa kaniyang buong-pinsan, buntis na anim na buwan. Lumakad kapagkaraka ang Poong Birhen Maria, si San Hosep ang kasama at ang kanilang pinunta kabundukan ng Judea.” (After a few days, Mary thought that she would visit her first cousin who was six months pregnant. The Blessed Virgin Mary immediately left accompanied by Saint Joseph for the hill country of Judea.”). Why did she decide with haste to see her old and barren cousin Elizabeth?
Joseph and Mary left Sunday, August 25, after the following week’s Sabbath day. After walking for three days, they reached the home of Zechariah and Elizabeth in Ein Kerem, a part of Hebron (El Khalil). The village of Ein Kerem, according to Theodosius (AD 530), is five miles from Jerusalem and is mentioned by name in the Jerusalem Calendar (dated before AD 638) as the place of a festival on August 28 in memory of Elizabeth meeting her cousin Mary.
Joseph and Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months (Luke 1:56 states: “And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.”). Pasiong Mahal on page 19a states: “Nang ito’y maipagsulit ng Inang Birheng marikit doo’y hindi na umalis, hanggang sa hindi sumapit, dalawang buwang mahigit.” (“After the beautiful Virgin Mother had said this, she did not leave after more than two months.”) They stayed until she had given birth, to a son, on November 18, 34 BC (Kislev 11, 3729), six months before Jesus was born on May 23, 33 BC. The child was circumcised on his eighth day in accordance with Jewish tradition and was named John on November 25. Only after the naming ceremony was Zechariah able to speak again (Luke 1:57-79).
Joseph and Mary left the next day which is “about three months” (Holy Bible), and “more than two months” (Pasiong Mahal), since they arrived on August 28 . Why did they stay this long at Hebron? Foremost, she wanted to verify that her old and barren cousin Elizabeth would really give birth to a son and a human being as announced to her by Archangel Gabriel. Secondly, they could be of assistance to Elizabeth’s giving birth to her only child. And thirdly, they lived far away; it took them about three days to walk from Nazareth.
After the verification and naming, they left for their home in Nazareth because winter is about to set in and it would be rainy and cold on the way. All this time (August 28-November 26) that Mary was in Hebron, Joseph was with her. She would not have flirted with any of the locals since she had with her her espoused husband and she really would like to remain chaste even though she lived with Joseph.
Today, 2009-09-03, I thought that John the Baptist was circumcised and named on November 25 because it is the day the Holy Spirit told us, His listeners, to bless the children called “Blessing of the Children”. We actually do not know why on this date. Today, I believe I found the reason why, and consequently, when John was born—November 18, 34 BC.
Hebron is a city of Judah, 30 km south of Jerusalem. It is 930 m or 3050 ft above sea level. Ein Kerem (also spelled as Ain Karim meaning “Spring of the Vineyard”) was a part of Hebron. Its coordinates are 31°45’55”N 35°8’58”E. This is where John the Baptist was born, according to Christian tradition, hence, many churches and monasteries have been built here and have attracted Christian pilgrims.
Among the churches are two by the same name, Church of St. John the Baptist. One is by the Roman Catholic built in the second half of the 19th and the other, by the Eastern Orthodox built in 1894. Both are remnants of ancient churches. The Catholic church is mentioned in the Book of the Demonstration by Eutychius of Alexandria (AD 940) which states: “The church of Bayt Zakariya in the district of Aelia bears witness to the visit of Mary to her kinswoman Elizabeth.”
Summary of notable findings:
1. John the Baptist was born on November 18, 34 BC.
2. John the Baptist was born six months before Jesus. Jesus was born on May 23, 33 BC. May 23 was revealed by the Holy Spirit and I was able to prove that it is true and correct in 2006.
3. John the Baptist was circumcised and named on November 25, 34 BC.
4. The Holy Spirit instructed us to bless the children on November 25 which is called “Blessing of the Children”.
5. The Blessed Virgin Mary was accompanied by Joseph, her espoused husband, on this trip to the hill country of Judea. She could not have travelled by herself.
6. They left Nazareth on Sunday, August 25, 34 BC, after the regular weekly Saturday Sabbath.
7. They travelled on foot for three days and reached Elizabeth’s place on August 28, 34 BC. The place is more than 100 km (60 miles) from Nazareth.
8. The place where Elizabeth lived is called Ain Karim or Ein Kerem where a festival is held on August 28 dating since the seventh century AD that commemorates the meeting of Elizabeth and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
9. Joseph and Mary stayed at Elizabeth’s place for almost three months (Luke 1:56). In Pasiong Mahal, it is more than two months.
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