Patron Saint

Saint John the Baptist

Profile

Saint-John-the-Baptist-webCousin 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 achild filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of his birth. Zachary doubted and was struck dumb until John’s birth.

Prophet. John 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 ofJerusalem. He converted many, and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. He 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, occasionally stabbing the tongue with his dagger because of what John had said in life.

Died

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

Also known as

  • Iohannes Baptista
  • Joannes Baptista
  • John the Baptizer
  • John the Forerunner
  • John, son of Zachary
  • Juan Bautista
  • Yochanan ben Zecharyah

Memorial

  • 24 June (birth)
  • 29 August (death)