29 August 2011

Feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

The beheading of St. John the Baptist, whom Herod ordered beheaded about the Feast of the Pasch; but his memory is solemnly kept on this day, on which his venerated head was found for the second time. It was afterwards translated to Rome and is preserved in the church of St. Silvester in Capite and honoured by the people with great devotion. (from The Roman Martyrology

The blog New Liturgical Movement has a nice post on the theological meaning behind several icons of St. John the Baptist.

Have a blessed feast day.

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