Saint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth

Patroness of Pregnant Women, Invoked for Help with Pregnancies, Especially Those Conceived Later in Life
Feast Day: November 5th

Elizabeth, or Elisabeth, whose name means “Worshiper of God,” lived before Christ and also after His Crucifixion, during the 1st Century. She was a cousin, related to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was married to Zachary, who was mute. She became pregnant later in life and when her child was born, he was named John, the John who would later come to be known as Saint John the Baptist. It is said that after John was born and Zachary was asked to provide his name. He wrote “John” on a tablet and sometime thereafter his muteness was miraculously cured, leaving him able to hear and speak. Later, Arch Angel Gabriel the Messenger came down for the Annunciation to tell Mary the “Happy News” that she was pregnant. Soon Mary would become the Blessed Virgin Mary and Mother of God, Mary went to visit Elizabeth. They were pregnant at the same time. It is likely Elizabeth said “Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee, Blessed are Thou amongst women and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” The only Biblical references to Elizabeth are found in the Gospel of Luke. Saint Elisabeth sure did come up with an amazing, often recited prayer! ©2012

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