Saint of the Day: John the Baptist
(my favorite saint)
Today the Church celebrates the birthday of Saint John the Baptist, one of the oldest feasts in the liturgy, and the only birthday to be celebrated aside from that of Jesus (December 25) and his mother (September 8). The Church celebrates the memorial of the death of John the Baptist on August 29.
And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who dwell in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.
— The Canticle of Zechariah, Luke 1:67–79
Precursor/forerunner of the Lord
Patron of baptism, converts, hailstorms, lovers, printers, spasms, tailors, monastic life
Symbols include: lamb, locust, camel’s hair tunic, open Bible, banner of victory, the head, the holly
- Read / listen bio at americancatholic.org
- Read announcement of the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5–20)
Amen I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. — Jesus, Matthew 11:11
- Read the preaching of John the Baptist (Mark 1:2–8)
- Read death of John the Baptist (Mark 6:17–29)
- Read 11 things to know about John the Baptist (by Jimmy Akin, NC Register)
- Pray Litany for John the Baptist (EWTN)
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
— Saint John the Baptist
Fortnight for Freedom Question of the Day: Do I value my faith?
Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. — Mark 6:17—18