Orthodox Remembrance Day: 24 June, 5 September

Catholic Remembrance Day: 23 September

Name means: God is fullness (Hebrew.)

Mother of John the Baptist

Patroness: the board cutter


beginning of the 1st century in Ein Kerem in Israel

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Elizabeth came from the priestly family of Aaron. She was related to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and married to the priest Zacharias, but this marriage had remained childless, this was considered a sign that God had turned away from a man. But then the archangel Gabriel appeared to her husband and prophesied a son to him (Luke 1:5-20). Elizabeth experienced the birth of this son as a miracle similar to that which happened to Sarah, the wife of Abraham, more than a thousand years earlier, when she gave birth to a son in old age. Thus she became the mother of John the Baptist, who prepared the coming of the Messiah in his penitential sermon. Six months later, the angel Gabriel also came to Mary to announce the conception of Jesus. During the pregnancy, the two women met, Elizabeth greeted Mary with the words: Blessed are you among the women and blessed is the fruit of your body and called her the mother of my Lord (Gospel of Luke 1:42-43) – this encounter is commemorated on the feast day Visitatio – Visitation of Mary. Mary remained for three months until the birth of John.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Elisabeth, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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