Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.
Feast Day 24 June.
Double of the First Class
with an Octave.
Français: La voix dans le désert.
English: The Voice in the Desert.
Artist: James Tissot (1836-1902).
Date: Between 1886 and 1894.
Credit line: Purchased by public subscription.
Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007, 00.159.44_PS1.jpg.
Deutsch: Im Innern der Probsteikirche in Königsberg.
English: Interior of Saint John the Baptist Church,
Author: Herausgeber: Landsmannschaft Ostpreußen e.V. Parkallee 84/86 20144 Hamburg HRA VR4551 Ust-ID-Nr.: DE118718969Bundesgeschäftsführer: Dr. Sebastian Husen.
The Gospel narrates the prodigies which accompanied his birth. Zachary gives his child the name which Saint Gabriel has brought him from Heaven, which signifies: The Lord has pardoned. He immediately recovers his speech and, filled with the Holy Ghost, he foretells the greatness of his son: "He shall walk before the Face of the Lord to give unto the people the knowledge of salvation."
The Virgin and Child, with the Infant Saint John,
appearing to Saint Jerome and Saint Anthony.
Artist: Andrea Celesti (1637-1712).
Date: Circa 1700.
Current location: Santa Maria dei Derelitti,
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art.
After the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, the days become shorter, while, on the contrary, after the Nativity of the Saviour, of which this Feast is the prelude, the days become longer. The Precursor must efface himself before Jesus, Who is the True Light of Faith. "He must increase," says Saint John, "and I must decrease."
The Solstices were the occasion of pagan feasts, when fires were lighted to honour the orb which gives us light. The Church Christianised the Rites, seeing in them a symbol of Saint John, who was "a burning and brilliant lamp".
Artist: Caravaggio (1573-1610).
Current location: St. Johns Co-Cathedral,
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002.
ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
The name of the Precursor is inscribed in the Canon of the Mass at the head of the Second List.
Formerly, on his Feast Day, three Masses were celebrated in his honour, and numerous Churches were dedicated to him. Parents loved to give his name to their children.
The Life of Saint John the Baptist.
Available on YouTube at
Ut queant laxis resonare fibris [Do - Re]
Mira gestorum famuli tuorum [Mi - Fa]
Solve polluti labii reatum [Sol - La]
Sancte Johannes [Si] (S J makes Si)
Unloose, great Baptist, our sin-fettered lips;
That with enfranchis'd voice we may proclaim,
The Miracles of thy transcendent life,
Thy deeds of matchless fame.
"That thy servants may sing with full voice the marvels of thy works, purify their sullied lips, O Saint John."
Immediately Zachary made signs that he wished to call his son "John", he recovered his speech; and lo !, a Hymn composed in honour of the Prophet, whose voice resounds in the desert, becomes the occasion of a new progress in music.
Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.
Magyar: A barokk stílusú Szent János és Pál kápolna Szekszárdon.
Esperanto: Kapelo Sanktaj Johano kaj Paŭlo en Szekszárd, Hungario.
English: The Chapel of Saint John and Saint Paul in Szekszárd, Hungary.
Photo: 4 October 2010.
Source: Hungarian Wikipedia, file hu:file:SzentJanos esPal.jpg.