Saturday, June 24, 2006

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

"I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist..." (Luke 7:28)
"...This is one of the oldest and most joyous feasts in the liturgy of the Church. In times past, the eve of St. John's day was an occasion for outward displays of rejoicing. 'St. John's fires" were lit on hills and mountains in many countries. Feast days of other saints are commemorated on the day of their death, their final victory. However, since St. John the Baptist was sanctified in his mother's womb, he was born free from original sin. His birthday, therefore, is also his feast day..."
~from The Angelus, June 1982, Volume V, Number 6
Happy Feast Day!
This icon of St. John the Baptist is by Daniel Nichols of Eighth Day Icons


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