He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful1
to Abraham and his descendants2 forever, even as he said to our fathers."
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
On the eighth day they came to circumcise3 the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,
but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."4
They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
Then they made signs5 to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."6
Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak,7 praising God.