Saint Elizabeth (1st century)

for November 5

Most everything we know about Saint Elizabeth comes from the beginning of Luke’s Gospel. In it, Elizabeth is married to Zechariah, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem. She is also the cousin of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. One day, as Zechariah is in the Temple, the Archangel Gabriel appears to him and says Elizabeth will have a son. Their child will grow up to become John the Baptist. Elizabeth is old, so Zechariah doesn't believe Gabriel. As punishment, Gabriel takes away his voice. Sure enough, Elizabeth becomes pregnant, and poor Zechariah is mute the whole time. After John’s birth, Zechariah gets his voice back. Elizabeth is best known for being the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, even before his birth. While they were both pregnant, Mary visited Elizabeth, and John leapt in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary arrived. Elizabeth announced that Mary and her unborn child were blessed. She also called Mary blessed for having believed God’s promise. Elizabeth’s proclamation has become part of the Hail Mary. Elizabeth’s name means "God is faithful." Her feast day is November 5. (Taken from "The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers.")

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Elizabeth was probably surprised by Mary’s visit. But as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary, she knew that something special was happening. The baby Elizabeth was carrying leapt in her womb and, filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth greeted Mary by saying, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:42). Excited to see her friend and cousin, Elizabeth knew that Mary had good news even before they had a conversation. Our visits to our friends can be filled with the same joy and excitement when we bring the Good News with us. Mary brought the Good News in the form of the baby Jesus. How can you share it in your words and actions? (Taken from “By My Side: A Teen Prayer Companion.”)


Jesus, help me to honor you and bring your Good News to all my friends, just as your mother, Mary, shared the Good News with Elizabeth. (Taken from “By My Side: A Teen Prayer Companion.”)