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Not much information is known
about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great
blessing as the Mother of God.
Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary´s cousin,
was beyond child-bearing age. He was told by an angel in a vision that they would have a son and
should name him John. When he doubted this, he was struck dumb. Elizabeth was visited by Mary, at
which time Mary spoke the hymn of praise now known at the Magnificat, and after John's birth,
Zachary's speech was restored. This is all that is known of Elizabeth and Zachary, and is found in
the New Testament in Luke, Chapter 1. An unvarifiable tradition has Zachary murdered in the Temple
when he refused to tell Herod where his son John was to be found.
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