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Posted on 11/05/2005 10:03:28 AM PST by Salvation
SAINT ELIZABETH, MOTHER OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
|Feast: November 5
|The name Elizabeth, which has been borne by several saints, means in Hebrew "worshiper of God." All that we know of Elizabeth, wife of Zachary and mother of John the Baptist, is to be found in the book of Luke. A descendant of the priestly line of Aaron, she was a kinswomanhow close we are not toldof the Virgin Mary. According to the Gospel, Elizabeth had lived a blameless life with her husband in one of the hill-towns of Judea. Having reached an advanced age with her prayers for a son unanswered, she thought that her barrenness was a reproach. One day, while Zachary was serving in the temple, the Angel Gabriel appeared at the right of the altar, and announced that a son would be born to Elizabeth. It was in the sixth month of her pregnancy that the Virgin Mary came to visit hera touching and beautiful scene pictured by many great artists. The Angel Gabriel, having lately announced to Mary the destiny that awaited her, also told her that her kinswoman Elizabeth was with child. The Virgin Mary, eager to share in Elizabeth's happiness and to confide that she too would bear a child, traveled down the dusty road from Nazareth. On Mary's arrival, she was amazed when Elizabeth, having foreseen knowledge, greeted her as "mother of my Lord." Elizabeth's salutation was in these words: "Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished." The Gospel story tells us further that at Elizabeth's delivery her friends and neighbors rejoiced with her, and when the child was brought to be circumcised, they were going to call him after his father Zachary, but his mother said, "His name shall be John."
Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist. Scriptural Saint. Celebration of Feast Day is November 5.
Taken from "Lives of Saints", Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.
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My daughter was just confirmed yesterday and chose Elizabeth as her confirmation name! I wanted to get her a St. Elizabeth medal but all the ones I saw were Elizabeth of Hungary and not the Elizabeth of the Bible.
Ask your DRE to look at the catalogs she/he might have that would include medals.
Elizabeth is a common name among females of my family. The matriarch of our "clan", extended family, was named Elizabeth, so many of her grandkids and great-grandkids have Elizabeth as their first or middle name. My relatives were pressuring my parents to name me Elizabeth, but my parents refused to bow to the pressure and gave me two names that no one else in the family had.
Congrats on the happy occasion of your daughter's confirmation! Hope the party was very nice, too.