The reason why Gabriel is most celebrated, is his role in the Annunciation and other events in New Testament times attributed to him by Tradition. Starting in Luke 1, Gabriel first appears to Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist. Zachariah initially refuses to believe that his barren wife, Elizabeth, and he will have a child in their old age. Gabriel then strikes Zachariah mute until the birth of his son because of his disbelief.
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