St. Zachariah, Nov. 15

St. Zechariah and St. John the Baptist. A medieval Georgian fresco from Jerusalem.

St. Zechariah and St. John the Baptist. A medieval Georgian fresco from Jerusalem.

St. Zachariah was the father of John the Baptist. Orthodox Christian tradition recounts that, at the time of the massacre of the Innocents, when King Herod ordered the slaughter of all males under the age of two in an attempt to prevent the prophesied Messiah from coming to Israel, Zechariah refused to divulge the whereabouts of his son (who was in hiding), and he was therefore murdered by Herod’s soldiers.

 

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