Excerpt from A Child's Life of Christ: In Words of One Syllable; With Fifty Full-Page Illustrations
So Zach-a-ri-us lost his voice and for some months he could not speak a word. Then the babe was born, and when he was eight days old it was time to name him and give him to the Lord. The wife's friends said he ought to be named Zach-a-ri-us, but she said, No, he shall be called John (which means The Lord is gra cious). Then they said as none of her kin bore that name it was not well to give it to the child, and they made signs to the priest who could not yet speak, and asked what he would have him called. And he wrote, His name is John. And then his voice came back, and he spake out loud and blessed the Lord.
All the folks were full of awe and fear, and said, What sort of child shall this be? They did not know what the ah-gel had told the priest in the church; and that this babe was one day to be the great John the Bap-tist.
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