St. John the Baptist


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/24


Patron Of: Baptism, Monastic Life, Against Epilepsy, Converts, Epilepsy

Also known as
    Joannes Baptista
    John the Baptizer
    John the Forerunner
    Juan Bautista

Memorial
    24 June (birth)
    29 August (death)

Profile
    Cousin of Jesus Christ. Son of Zachary, a priest of the order of Abia whose job in the temple was to burn incense; and of Elizabeth, a descendent of Aaron. As Zachary was ministering in the Temple, an angel brought him news that Elizabeth would bear a child filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of his birth. Zachary doubted and was struck dumb until John's birth.

    Prophet. Began his ministry around age 27, wearing a leather belt and a tunic of camel hair, living off locusts and wild honey, and preaching a message of repentance to the people of Jerusalem. He converted many, and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. Baptized Christ, after which he stepped away and told his disciples to follow Jesus.

    Imprisoned by King Herod. He died a victim of the vengeance of a jealous woman; he was beheaded, and his head brought to her on a platter. Saint Jerome says Herodias kept the head for a long time after, occassionally stabbing the tongue with his dagger.

Died
    beheaded c.30 at Machaerus; buried at Sebaste, Samaria; relics in Saint Sylvester's church, Rome, Italy, and at Amiens, France

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God (John)

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Patronage
    against convulsions
    against epilepsy
    against hail
    against hailstorms
    against spasms
    Albera Ligure, Italy
    Alice bel Colle, Italy
    Badiangan, Philippines
    baptism
    bird dealers
    Bistagno, Italy
    Bonavigo, Italy
    Borgia, Italy
    Brenzone, Italy
    Camerano, Italy
    Campobello di Licata, Italy
    Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
    Cenadi, Catanzaro, Italy
    Charleston, South Carolina, diocese of
    Ciutadella, Menorca, Spain
    Colletorto, Italy
    converts
    convulsive children
    Cortale, Italy
    cutters
    Dagupan City, Philippines
    Dodge City, Kansas, diocese of
    epileptics
    Fabriano, Italy
    farriers
    French Canadians
    Fürstenberg, Germany
    Garbagna, Italy
    Genoa, Italy, archdiocese of
    Genoa, Italy, city of
    Gizzeria, Italy
    Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Italy
    Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
    Jordan
    Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines
    Knights Hospitaller
    Knights of Malta
    lambs
    Leioa, Spain
    Macau, China
    Maltese Knights
    monastic life
    Monte San Giovanni Campano, Italy
    Monza, Italy
    motorways
    Palermo, Sicily, Italy
    Paterson, New Jersey, diocese of
    Penzance, Cornwall, England
    Portland, Maine, diocese of
    Pozzallo, Sicily, Italy
    printers
    Puerto Rico
    Quebec, Canada
    Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
    Saint-Jean-le-Blanc, Loiret, France
    San Juan Indian Pueblo
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico
    San Juan Cosala, Mexico
    San Juan Tecomatlan, Mexico
    Sassano, Italy
    Savannah, Georgia, diocese of
    tailors
    Teising, Germany
    Torino, Italy
    Umbria, Italy
    Xewkija, Gozo, Malta
    Wenden, Germany
    Wenings, Germany
    Wroclaw, Poland



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