On this day it was announced to Zacharias, the priest, the birth of John the Baptist. Zacharias was well advanced in years and his wife, Elizabeth, was barren and her time for begetting children had passed.
Zacharias was praying and beseeching God persistently
to give him a child because the children of Israel reviled anyone without a son
and treated him with ignominy. They would say about him that he was without the
blessing that God had told Adam in these words: "Be fruitful and multiply." The
Lord had compassion on him and He hearkened to his petition. He sent him Gabriel
the Angel to announce to him the birth of John. The angel came to him while he
was in the sanctuary, as it is mentioned in the Holy Gospel (Luke
The prayers of this priest be with us, and Glory be to our God, forever. Amen.
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