Luke's Gospel describes how the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that, even though she was a virgin, she was about to become pregnant. Gabriel announced that Mary would be visited by the Holy Spirit (p. 26) and would give birth to God's son, who would be a king whose rule would last for ever. Mary was told to call her son Jesus.
> John carries a banner bearing Latin words meaning "Behold the Lamb of God"
. John wears camel-hair clothes, the typical garments of a prophet
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