Luke 1:5-13 (NRSV)
5 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest
named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His
wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly
according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord.
7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren,
and both were getting on in years.
8 Once when he
was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty,
9 he was chosen
by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the
sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense.
10 Now at the
time of the incense-offering, the whole assembly of the people was
11 Then there
appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side
of the altar of incense.
12 When Zechariah
saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him.
13 But the angel
said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer
has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you
will name him John.