5 November (Latin Church), 8 September (Greek Church)
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."
1st century BC Died 1st century AD of natural causes
Meaning worshiper of God
Patronage expectant mothers Fulda, Germany, diocese
of pregnant women
Representation elderly woman holding
the infant John the Baptist, pregnant woman with the Virgin Mary in company of
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