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Liturgical day: Weekdays of Advent: December 24th

Gospel text (Lk 1,67-79): Zechariah, filled with holy spirit, sang this canticle, «Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has come and redeemed his people». Zechariah, filled with holy spirit, sang this canticle, «Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has come and redeemed his people. He has raised up for us a victorious Savior in the house of David his servant, as he promised through his prophets of old, salvation from our enemies and from the hand of our foes. He has shown mercy to our fathers and remembered his holy covenant, the oath he swore to Abraham, our father, to deliver us from the enemy, that we might serve him fearlessly as a holy and righteous people all the days of our lives. And you, my child, shall be called prophet of the Most High, for you shall go before the Lord to prepare the way for him and enable his people to know of their salvation when he comes to forgive their sins. This is the work of the mercy of our God, who comes from on high as a rising sun shining on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, and guiding our feet into the way of peace».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, the protagonist is Zechariah. When giving his son the name of John, God returns his voice. Now Zechariah will waste no more time doubting God’s powers and he quickly begins to praise God with a prayer called "Benedictus" ("blessed").

- Zechariah’s prayer looks very much like the "Magnificat" the Virgin had prayed. We have to pay attention to St. Mary and learn from Her, as Zechariah did!