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Saint John the Baptist

detail of a stained glass window of Saint John the Baptist, date and artist unknown; Church of Saint Paul, Yellow Springs, Ohio; photographed on 24 December 2015 by Nheyob; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source image

†: beheaded c.30 at Machaerus, buried at Sebaste, Samaria,relics in Saint Sylvester’s church, Rome, Italy, and at Amiens, France
Memorial: 24 June (birth), 29 August (death), 24 February(discovery of his relics)


Cousin of Jesus Christ: Son of Zachary, a priest of the order of Abia whose job in the temple was to burn incense; and of Elizabeth, a descendent of Aaron. As Zachary was ministering in the Temple, an angel brought him news that Elizabeth would bear a child filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of his birth. Zachary doubted and was struck dumb until John’s birth.

Prophet: John began his ministry around age 27, wearing a leather belt and a tunic of camel hair, living off locusts and wild honey, and preaching a message of repentance to the people ofJerusalem. He converted many, and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. He Baptized Christ, after which he stepped away and told his disciples to follow Jesus.

Imprisoned by King Herod: He died a victim of the vengeance of a jealous woman; he was beheaded, and his head brought to her on a platter. Saint Jerome says Herodias kept the head for a long time after, occasionally stabbing the tongue with his dagger because of what John had said in life.


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Additional Information

  • Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
  • Catholic Encyclopedia, by Charles L. Souvay
  • Goffine’s Devout Instructions
  • Golden Legend: Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
  • Golden Legend: Decollation of Saint John the Baptist
  • Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, by Francis X Weiser, SJ
  • Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler: Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
  • Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler: Decollation of Saint John the Baptist
  • New Catholic Dictionary
  • Pictorial Lives of the Saints: Saint John the Baptist
  • Pictorial Lives of the Saints: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
  • Saints of the Canon, by Monsignor John T McMahon
  • The Man the Saviour Praised, by Father Daniel Aloysius Lord
  • books
    • Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints

(Information courtesy of catholicsaints.info)

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