1. Jesus and John the Baptist
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  1. Annunciation of John the Baptist

    In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest of Abijah's division named Zechariah. His wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. But they had no children because Elizabeth could not conceive, and both of them were well along in years. When his division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. At the hour of incense the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and overcome with fear. But the angel said to him: do not be afraid, Zechariah because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth. He will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people. (Luc 1,5-17)


    The Archangel Gabriel announced to Zechariah the three reasons for joy at the birth of the child: first because God will grant him extraordinary holiness; second, because he will be an instrument for the salvation of many, and third, because his life and activity will be a preparation for the coming of the awaited Messiah.

  A. Choose one of the words in parentheses and complete the sentences: (Zechariah, Elizabeth, Abijah, myrrh, turtledoves, incense, voice, prayer, offering, John, Jesus, Zechariah, smart, rich/ tall, John, Jesus, Zechariah)

 • Who was sterile?


 • In the Temple, Zechariah offered


 • Zechariah was not afraid because God had heard his


 • How would his child call?


 • Many will rejoice because John is


 • Who came to prepare the coming of the Messiah?


  2. Elizabeth conceived John

    “How can I know this? Zechariah asked the angel. “For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.” The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news. Now listen! You will become silent and unable to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”

    Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah, amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. When he did come out, he could not speak to them. Then they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept making signs to them and remained speechless. When the days of his ministry were completed, he went back home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived and kept herself in seclusion for five months. She said: “The Lord has done this for me. He has looked with favor in these days to take away my disgrace among the people.” (Luc 1,18-25)
    When God calls our partnership in a company we have more his omnipotence than our small force.

  B. Choose one of the words in parentheses and complete the sentences: (Raphael, Michael, Gabriel, speechless, blind, deaf, offer, believe, sing, an omen, a faint, a vision, Five, four, three, sad, happy, worried)

 • The angel was called

 • Zechariah was
 • Zechariah was speechless because he did not
 • The people thought that he had
 • How many months Isabel concealed that she was pregnant?
 • Isabel was  

  3. Annunciation and Incarnation of the Son of God 

   In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said: “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.

    Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man? The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her. (Luc 1,26-38)

    Holy Mary, teacher of all our behavior, shows us that obedience to God is not servile, does not subjugate the conscience: It inwardly moved us to discover the freedom of the children of God.

  C. Choose one of the words in parentheses and complete the sentences: (Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, grace, joy, satisfaction, Joseph, John, Jesus, the Precursor, Son of the Most High, winner, male, Holy Spirit, Zechariah, cousins, brothers, sisters, queen, lady, servant of the Lord)

 • Mary and Joseph lived in
 • The Virgin Mary was full of
 • The son of Mary will be called
 • Your child will be great and will be called
 • Mary conceived by the
 • Mary and Elizabeth were
 • Mary volunteered to be the

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