Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
When Zacharias heard the his wife would bear him a son he doubted the angel’s promise and was struck dumb because of his unbelief, unable to speak until the child was born. When it came time to name the baby everyone thought that he would be named for his father but Elizabeth said no, that he was to be called John. When they turned to Zacharias he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately he was able to speak and was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied speaking the words contained in this passage.
to give knowledge of salvation
to call the people to repentance
to give light
to point the way to Jesus Christ
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life