The conception of John the Baptist, and of Christ. The visitation and canticle of the Blessed Virgin. The birth of the Baptist and the canticle of Zachary.
 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a narration of the things that have been accomplished among us;
 According as they have delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word:
 It seemed good to me also, having diligently attained to all things from the beginning, to write to thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
 And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
 And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost; and he prophesied, saying:
 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people:
 And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant:
 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning:
 "Horn of salvation": That is, A powerful salvation, as Dr. Witham translates it. For in the Scripture, by horn is generally understood strength and power.
 Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us:
 To perform mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy testament,
 The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us,
 That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,
 In holiness and justice before him, all our days.
 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 to his people, unto the remission of their sins:
 Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us:
 To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.
 And the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit; and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.
 "The Orient": It is one of the titles of the Messias, the true light of the world, and the sun of justice.