Here, in the icon below, the scene is set out: the baby in his tiny cradle, his mother Elizabeth, and Zechariah, who since the visit of the angel has been mute, and who is now writing ‘His name is John’. The great forerunner of the Lord, who in time will proclaim, ‘He must increase, and I must decrease’, and who in time will be the first to name our Lord as the Lamb of God, is now here. He will soon go forth into the Judaean desert until the time of his appearance and ministry.

May he pray for us, that we in our own lives will proclaim our Lord as the Lamb of God, and may God bless you this day.