New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Zachary

detail of Annuncio dell' Angelo a Aaccaria, 15th century, Florence, ItalyArticle

Priest of the family of Abia; husband of Saint Elizabeth; father of Saint John the Baptist. He is mentioned prominently in Luke, 1. Zachary seems to have doubted the word of the angel who appeared to him in the Temple at the offering of the morning incense, saying that Elizabeth, already advanced in years, should bear a son. For this he was struck dumb; he recovered the power of speech at the circumcision and naming of John, and praised God mightily in the Canticle “Benedictus”. (Luke 1)

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Zachary”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2018. Web. 21 April 2021. <>