Daniel Roth titular organist of Saint-Sulpice, Paris performer his Gloria Patri (Glory to the Father...) the verse sung at the end of the canticle of Our Blessed Lady, The Magnificat. The text is from the Gospel of St. Luke. It is Mary’s answer to her cousin Elizabeth, who hails her as the Mother of God, blessed among women. The large window to the left of the organ loft at Our Lady of Refuge depicts this meeting, “The Visitation”.
The abode of Mary at Karem, in the house of Zachary, lasted for three months. It was one long prayer, one uninterrupted confidence in and adoration of the designs of God, and the religious expectation of their fulfilment. After the quiet days with Elizabeth, a trial awaited her. The signs of her condition were evident. It was not clear how God would preserve her virginal honor before men, and in the eyes of her spouse. Although this thought must have occurred to Mary, that which would have been anguish to an ordinary soul could not trouble the serenitv of her who had said: "Behold the hand-maid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word.'
Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." (Matt. 1. 20-22.) Joseph awoke and rose, and without hesitation obeyed the word of God. Apart from Mary and him no one suspected that their marriage was intended to prepare the cradle of the Messiah, and to give Him and His mother the support of a man who should be, according to the law, the husband of the one and the father of the other. Joseph and Mary lived as brother and sister, according to the discreet but explicit expression of the gospel: " And he knew her not." (Matt. 1. 25) #blessedvirginmary #brooklyncatholic #thevisitation #themagnificat #danielroth #ourladyofrefuge @dioceseofbrooklyn #newkirkplaza #fisketerrace #ditmaspark