The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

John the Baptist was the forerunner, the voice in the wilderness, crying out. He is mentioned by the Roman Jewish historian Josephus. He is revered as a major religious figure in both Christian and Islamic faiths. He is considered to be a prophet of God.

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Observing the Traditions of this Day

Today is the Feast Day of John the Baptist, also known as the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist or the Beheading of John the Baptist. John was the forerunner to Jesus. As a man of God, John openly denounced Herod Antipas for having left his lawful wife and taken up with Herodias, the wife of his own brother. This public display of condemnation set into motion the martyrdom of the profit in the wilderness.

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The Nativity of John the Baptist

Few Nativities, or birthdays are celebrated within the liturgical year. The feast days of Saints are celebrated on the day of their death, their birth into eternal life in heaven. While there are exceptions to the death date, only three Nativities are celebrated in the liturgical year.

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