Wednesday, July 26, 2017 UTC

JUNE 23: BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

nativity-of-st-john-forerunner JUNE 23: VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY – CANCELLED.

Feast commemorates Christ’s forerunner and since John’s birth was the result of a miracle. A priest, Zechariah and his childless wife, Elizabeth, had no children and both were advanced in years. Childlessness was a terrible thing for a Jew since it meant one’s name would not be carried on in life. But God intervened allowing the childless Elizabeth to bear a son.

The Birth of St. John the Baptist falls around the summer solstice (June 24th), and is known as the “summer Christmas.” On the eve of the feast, great bonfires were once lighted as a symbol of “the burning and brilliant” light, St. John, who pointed out Christ in this world of darkness.

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