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Judith Fritchman-"The Prophecy...Elizabeth" Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, is shown in contemplation of the prophecy given to her husband, Zechariah, by the Angel Gabriel: In her advanced age, she would bear a child. Oil in sepia tones and white on raw linen

Illustrated here is the story of the prophet Zakariya (a conflation of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, and the Old Testament prophet Zachariah), who according to Muslim legend died a martyr's death. Escaping his pursuers by hiding in a tree that miraculously opened to admit him, Zakariya was betrayed by Iblis, the devil, who pointed out the hem of the prophet's cloak protruding from the trunk. The devil's forces sawed the tree apart and with it Zakariya, whose saintly aura is…

Stained glass in Wales: The Visitation with Simeon and Anna Photo © Martin Crampin larger image about 1910 Four-light window with the Visitation in the two central lights (Elisabeth greeting Mary with Joseph and Zechariah in the background), flanked by standing figures of Simeon and Anna.

EIn Kerem--According to the Bible, Mary went "into the hill country, to a city of Judah" when she visited the home of Zechariah and Elizabeth. Theodosius (530) says that the distance from Jerusalem to the place where Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, lived is five miles. The Jerusalem Calendar (dated before 638) mentions the village by name as the place of a festival in memory of Elizabeth celebrated on the twenty-eighth of August.

Usually when we think of the Advent story, Mary, Joseph, and the angel Gabriel come to mind. Okoro approaches Advent a little differently, inviting us to sit for a while with Zechariah and Elizabeth and the story of how they came to bear their only son, John. The Advent story we so often associate with the joy of Christmas actually begins with deep sorrow and longing. But thankfully, in the kingdom of God, there is always more to the story than meets the eye, Enuma Okoro writes. Zechariah…

Pompeo Batoni Holy Family with St. Elizabeth, Zechariah