Saint Elizabeth has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth Mary's cousin was beyond child bearing age. He was told by an angel in a vision that they would have a son and should name him John. When he doubted this he was struck dumb. Elizabeth was visited by Mary at which time Mary spoke the hymn of praise now known at the Magnificat. After John's birth Zachary's speech was restored.

An unvarifiable tradition has Zachary murdered in the Temple when he refused to tell Herod where his son John was to be found.

Their feast day is November 5th.