Catholic Feast

The Church celebrates three nativities: that of Christ, that of the Virgin and that of St. John; because these three alone are known that were totally holy at birth. Saint John is the greatest of the prophets, and more than a prophet, because he immediately prepared the ways for the entrance into the world for the Savior, and pointed with his finger at the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

Another feast of St. John is celebrated on August 29: his Beheading or Martyrdom; but it does not reach in liturgical solemnity to this one of his joyful birth, that formerly was celebrated little less than the Nativity of the Lord.

V/. St. John the Baptist.
R/. Pray for us.

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