Once there was a
woman named Elisabeth. She and her husband Zacharias, asked God to give them
children, but they never had any. When they grew old, an angel came to give
Zacharias a message. He said, Your prayer has been heard. You will have a son
and you shall name him John. He will tell many people about God. Zacharias said,
How do I know this is true? My wife and I are both old. The angel said, my name
is Gabriel and God sent me to tell you this great news. But, because you don't
believe my words, you will not be able to speak until the child is born.
Gabriel was sent to a city named Nazareth to a young woman named Mary, who was
Elisabeth's cousin. Mary loved a man named Joseph and was going to marry him
soon. Gabriel told Mary, the Lord is with you, and you are blessed among women.
You will have a son and you shall call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be
called the Son of the Highest. And His kingdom will never end. Mary said to
Gabriel, how can this be? I am not married yet. Gabriel answered, The Holy
Spirit will make this child in you and He will be called the Son of God. Gabriel
told Mary, Your cousin Elisabeth, is going to have a baby too. With God, nothing
is impossible. Mary said, I am a servant of the Lord. Let it happen to me, just
as you have said. Then the angel Gabriel left her.
hurried to visit Elisabeth, and when Elisabeth heard Mary's voice, the baby
moved inside of her and she was filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary said, God has
done great things for me. Mary stayed with Elisabeth for three months and then
went home. When Elisabeth's baby was born, people thought they should name him
after his dad, but Elisabeth said, No, his name will be John. Now, Zacharias
still could not speak, so he wrote, His name is John. All of a sudden, he could
speak again, just as the angel Gabriel had told him. Everyone that heard, was
surprised and Zacharias said, Blessed be the Lord God.