By Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church honors on Monday the memory of Saints Zachariah and Elizabeth (Zacarias and Isabel), the parents of Saint John the Baptist.
Honored by the Church as a deeply religious and righteous couple who “walked in all the commandments of the Lord,” they were blessed with a child who was to be the forerunner of Jesus Christ in their old age through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as part of His divine plan.
St. Zachariah was a holy prophet and a priest in the temple of Jerusalem. He received a vision from an angel and was rendered mute until the birth of St. John. He prophesied about his son being the precursor of Christ.
St. Elizabeth was a cousin of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the sister of another holy woman, St. Anna. Known to be barren, she gave birth when she was already advance in years.
According to accounts, St. Zachariah was killed by the soldiers of King Herod while he was at the temple, while St. Elizabeth died forty days after.