So wrote the mute Zachary when those around would not listen to Elizabeth when she said the child was to be called John.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,Happy Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist!
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father but his mother said in reply,
"No. He will be called John."
But they answered her, "There is no one among your relatives who has this name."
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote,
"His name is John" and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.