Zerubbabel, a descendant of King David and ancestor of Jesus, played a crucial role in leading the exiled Jews back to Jerusalem after the exile in Babylon and in overseeing the rebuilding of the Temple.
The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)
Zechariah prophesied that the people of Jerusalem would mourn bitterly over someone they had pierced. In his gospel. St John interpreted this as a reference to the death of Christ.
The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)
The Benedictus is the name of a poetic speech given by St Zechariah, the father of St John the Baptist. It’s named after the first word of the poem – ‘Benedictus’ - which is the Latin word for ‘Blessed’. He uttered these words after regaining his faith and the power of speech. Pope St John … Continue reading The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)
The Twelve Prophets (Sirach 49:10)
The Twelve Minor Prophets were a group of the most famous prophets in Jewish history. The short books named after them were collected together in the Old Testament.
The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)
The story of the birth of St John the Baptist is found only in St Luke’s gospel. The event is only described very briefly, but from these nine verses a number of interesting details emerge. These include clues as to why Zechariah may have been unable to speak and of the importance of the name … Continue reading The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)