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Above: The Visitation by Flemish painter Willem Vrelant (d. 1481).

By Peter Kwasniewski, PhD, OnePeterFive, July 2, 2024

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and The Catholic University of America. He taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria, the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austria Program, and Wyoming Catholic College, which he helped establish in 2006. Today he is a full-time writer and speaker on traditional Catholicism who has written many books and publishes on a wide variety of sites. …

Peter Kwasniewski, PhD(On) July 2, is the usus antiquior feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast was instituted in 1389 by, in a way, two popes—Pope Urban VI as the one who intended to institute it, in hopes of obtaining the end of the Great Western Schism, and Pope Boniface IX who actually signed the decree, since Urban VI had died before he could carry through.

The feast was placed at that time on July 2. There it remained until 1969, when it was moved to May 31, so that—according to the architects of the new calendar—by lying “between the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (25 March) and that of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (24 June), it would harmonize better with the Gospel story.” In Germany, Slovakia, among some Anglicans, and, of course, among traditional Catholics, the original date is retained.[1] The most recent issue of Benedictus, the TLM parallel to Magnificat, boldly features a painting of the Visitation on the cover of its July issue. …

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