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Feast of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist

Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Church of Saint John the Baptist in Montana, Ein Kerem

June 24, 2021

Mass in Arabic at 9:00 AM

Solemn Mass at 10:30 AM

 

THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

St. John the Baptist was a prophet of God and the forerunner of Christ. From his Mother’s womb, John already knew his mission to prepare a people for the coming of the Messiah. Of himself he said: “I am the voice of the one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” (John 1:23)

So connected is the mission of John the Baptist to Christ, that when the angel, Gabriel, appeared to Mary announcing her role in Salvation history, he also announced to Mary the coming birth of John the Baptist to her kinswoman, Elizabeth.

John the Baptist is often seen with a lamb, a symbol of his recognition of Christ as the Son of God. When Jesus approached John the Baptist at the River Jordan, John exclaims: “Behold the Lamb of God.” (John 1:29; John 1:36)

The Church celebrates the birth of Christ and of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The only other Saints whose birth is celebrated is John the Baptist, because his birth, and Mary’s, are so intimately associated with the nativity of Christ. link

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These are the only 3 birthdays celebrated on the liturgical calendar. (2020, August 11). Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture. https://aleteia.org/2020/06/24/do-you-know-the-only-3-birthdays-celebrated-on-the-liturgical-calendar-1-is-coming-up/