His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us –
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.’
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, at Your first coming You sent Your messenger to prepare the way before You: grant that the ministers and stewards of Your faith may likewise make ready Your way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the ways of righteousness, that at Your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in Your sight; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.