(Mass of preceding Sunday)
FEAST OF THE HOLY RELICS
[In some places]
(In the Cathedral Church of Cleveland)
SAINTS ZACHARY & ELIZABETH
[Parents of St. John the Baptist]
1st Century BC
Descendant of the Old Testament patriarch, Aaron. Wife of Zachary, temple priest. Relative of Mary. Mother of Saint John the Baptist, becoming pregnant very late in life. She was the Elizabeth that Mary visited soon after the Annunciation. Described in the Gospel of Luke as "righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly."