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SAINT ELIZABETH, MOTHER OF JOHN THE BAPTIST- Feast: November 5

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Elizabeth appears in the Gospel of Luke, where she is described as “righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly,”. I imagine that she was warm, loving and obviously a safe harbour for young Mary, who was not married when she conceived. When Mary came to visit her, Elizabeth was pregnant with St. John the Baptist and in her sixth month:“Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished.”