Tag Archives: Zechariah

Year B Advent 4: Annunciation

The archangel had had a busy season. Nothing is heard of him for the greater part of the Bible, but now within six months he has visited Zechariah in the temple to announce the advent of John, who would become … Continue reading

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Healing the holidays homily 2014 edition: holding out on hope

Six months before the Angel Gabriel to earth came down, as the story goes, he was hanging out in Jerusalem, visiting with Zechariah. Zechariah and Elizabeth were much older than Mary – which is not to say that the young … Continue reading

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Zechariah and the newborn

Today is the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, when Gabriel (an archangel) announced to John’s father that his wife would conceive, Zechariah was doubtful, and Gabriel, as a sign that this … Continue reading

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Year C Advent 2: John’s story: to be continued

The first in a two-part mini sermon series at Church of the Epiphany, Euclid There is a backstory to today’s gospel. Luke gives us lots of context: who was ruling where, and had been for how long; he gives us … Continue reading

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John’s backstory

(Sunday sermon spoiler alert!) There is a backstory to today’s gospel. Luke gives us lots of context: who was ruling where, and had been for how long; he gives us a snapshot of the political situation, the state of the … Continue reading

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Zechariah finds his voice

This week, we get to read the Song of Zechariah, the loosened tongue of a man whose loins have finally produced an heir after decades of longing and loss; the praise of a priest who was struck dumb by the … Continue reading

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Friday, December 23rd: Speechless

From this evening’s Stations of the Nativity (St Andrew’s, Elyria, 5-6 pm – join us!), a poem for Zechariah after his visit from the angel: Speechless Tongue-tied and frozen, teeth on a knife-edge, overwhelmed and overcome; if he could have … Continue reading

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