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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Birth of St. John the Baptist









The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (or Birth of John the Baptist, or Nativity of the Forerunner) is a Christian feast day celebrating the birth of Jesus’ cousin, Saint John the Baptist.


The Nativity of St John the Baptist is one of the oldest festivals of the Christian church, being listed by the Council of Agde in 506 as one of that region's principal festivals, where it was a day of rest and, like Christmas, was celebrated with three Masses: a vigil, at dawn, and at midday.

The Nativity of St John the Baptist on June 24 comes three months after the celebration on March 25 of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel told Our Lady that her cousin Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy,[1] and six months before the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus. The purpose of these festivals is not to celebrate the exact dates of these events, but simply to commemorate them in an interlinking way.

Link to the original source: John The Baptist



We will be studying this during the Wednesday evening service at Victory Baptist Church.

I will post the message tomorrow night.
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Dianne said...

Thank you for the Wednesday sermon. It was very informative.

June 25, 2009 at 12:27 AM  

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