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Forerunner and cousin of the Lord, son of Sts. Zachary and Elizabeth, Patron Saint of Baptism, converts, and many cities and towns in Italy, among many other places and things, he is the only one besides Our Lord and Our Lady whose birthday is celebrated as a Feast Day. He also should be the Patron Saint of marriage, given what's happened in our world in that regard for decades and the fact he condemned Herod Antipas for his unlawful marriage.

St. John the Baptist, ora pro nobis.

http://www.breviary.net/propsaints/props...ts0624.htm

http://www.catholictradition.org/Passion...aptist.htm

http://www.magnificat.ca/cal/engl/06-24.htm

http://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeaft...cost3.html

http://www.jesus-passion.com/SAINT_JOHN_THE_BAPTIST.htm

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-john-the-baptist/

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08486b.htm

Here's a pleasant hymn to St. John the Baptist that should be sung at Mass on his Feast Day, "Hail, Harbinger of Morn." I wish I could actually find a singer or choir online that sings it.

http://oremus.org/hymnal/h/h011.html
My parents-in-law (RIP) were both from pre-communist Lithuania.  In that culture the Feast day of the Saint one is named for was more celebrated than one's birthday.  So by that custom, this is a special day for people name John, Jonas, Joan, Jane and all the variations and we should make a point to wish them a happy St. John's Day.  In Lithuanian it is called "Joninas" (the "J" is pronounced like "y").
My father-in-law was Jonas and my mother-in-law was Janina, so please remember them in your prayers today, in honour of St. John.
Ohhhh Nativity of St. John the Baptist... a.k.a. easiest way to remember my Mother's birthday ever!  ;D
This is so funny and cute


The Irish birth of john the baptist

http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2011/06/...-john.html
Today is a public holiday in Quebec.
St. John the Baptist, who leaped within St. Elizabeth's womb at The Visitation! Ora pro nobis!! !! !!

Being martyred, yet He is not known as St. John the Martyr.  :pray:
(06-24-2011, 12:57 PM)Stubborn Wrote: [ -> ]Being martyred, yet He is not known as St. John the Martyr.  :pray:

Never really thought about why St. John the Baptist isn't exactly known as a martyr... it would naturally precede St. Stephen's martyrdom... any insight as to why St. Stephen is considered the first martyr, as opposed to St. John the Baptist, people?
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St. John, ora pro nobis
(06-24-2011, 01:46 PM)tmw89 Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-24-2011, 12:57 PM)Stubborn Wrote: [ -> ]Being martyred, yet He is not known as St. John the Martyr.  :pray:

Never really thought about why St. John the Baptist isn't exactly known as a martyr... it would naturally precede St. Stephen's martyrdom... any insight as to why St. Stephen is considered the first martyr, as opposed to St. John the Baptist, people?

St. Stephen was martyred after Pentecost, the beginning of the Church, whereas St. John the Baptist was beheaded before Our Lord's death. 
(06-24-2011, 03:04 PM)CrusaderKing Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-24-2011, 01:46 PM)tmw89 Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-24-2011, 12:57 PM)Stubborn Wrote: [ -> ]Being martyred, yet He is not known as St. John the Martyr.  :pray:

Never really thought about why St. John the Baptist isn't exactly known as a martyr... it would naturally precede St. Stephen's martyrdom... any insight as to why St. Stephen is considered the first martyr, as opposed to St. John the Baptist, people?

St. Stephen was martyred after Pentecost, the beginning of the Church, whereas St. John the Baptist was beheaded before Our Lord's death. 

What aboutthe holy innocents?
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