Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:6-14)

 Section 1:6-14 (corresponding to Luke 1:5-13)

In ancient days, when Herod ruled the land,
There was a priest, a true and righteous man;
He, Zachariah, with his faithful wife,
Did walk in God's commandments all his life.

They barren were of children, but not faith,
For they were fruitful in the work of grace.
These two were old, in age and ministry,
Yet still discharged their duties faithfully.

And now it came to Zachariah's turn:
To enter in the Temple, there to burn
The holy incense while he knelt in prayer;
And as he did, an angel met him there.

The angel stood beside the burning flame,
And in a voice of power, spoke his name:
"O Zachariah, do not be afraid!
The gracious Lord has heard the words you prayed!

Elizabeth your wife will have a son--
Born unto you, though nature's years are done!
By God's own will this miracle takes form;
And you must name him John when he is born."

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