The broadcast presents the wonderful birth and circumcision of John the Baptist. It was customary to also name the child on his circumcision day. The relatives of Elisabeth and Zechariah suggested the name of Zechariah, but the mother didn’t agree because, as medieval exegetes say, Elisabeth had learned by the Holy Spirit that her son’s name would be John. At the time of John’s birth, his father’s dumb tongue spoke again. John the Baptist lived in deserts since his childhood, for which reason many think he was one of the Essenites.
- Fr. Markos Mangasaryan