The Beheading of St John the Baptist

The Beheading of St John the Baptist Commemorated on August 29th St John was the forerunner of Christ, preparing the world for the Saviour. He is sometimes referred to as the Child of the Desert and the one who fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God (40: 4). St John was born to Panagia’s cousin, Elizabeth, and Zachariah six months before Christ. The relationship between St John and Christ began from the womb, when Panagia visited Elizabeth and the unborn John leapt in his mother’s [...]