Sunday, December 15, 2019

Saint of the Day – June 24 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist

The Solemnity of Birth of Saint John the Baptist

Birth of Saint John the Baptist is the Patron Saint of

• Against convulsions or spasms
• Epileptics and against epilepsy
• Against hail and hailstorms
• Baptism
• Bird dealers
• Converts
• Convulsive children
• Cutters
• Farriers
• French Canadians
• Innkeepers
• Lambs
• Monastic life
• Motorways
• Printers
• Tailors
• Jordan
• Puerto Rico
• Knights Hospitaller
• Knights of Malta
• 13 dioceses
• 69 cities

Birth of Saint John the Baptist Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersNot Married who became Saints

Birth of Saint John the Baptist brief life History

Profession Prophet who foretold the coming of the Messiah in the person of Jesus
Place of Work Israel, Palestine
Feast Day June 24
Patron Saint of • Against convulsions or spasms
• Epileptics and against epilepsy
• Against hail and hailstorms
• Baptism
• Bird dealers
• Converts
• Convulsive children
• Cutters
• Farriers
• French Canadians
• Innkeepers
• Lambs
• Monastic life
• Motorways
• Printers
• Tailors
• Jordan
• Puerto Rico
• Knights Hospitaller
• Knights of Malta
• 13 dioceses
• 69 cities

Birth of Saint John the Baptist Short life History

Saint John the Baptist was also known as
• Iohannes Baptista
• Joannes Baptista
• John the Baptizer
• John the Forerunner
• John, son of Zachary
• Juan Bautista
• Yochanan ben Zecharyah

• He was the cousin of Jesus Christ.
• He was son of Zachary, a priest of the order of Abia whose job in the temple was to burn incense; and of Elizabeth, a descendent of Aaron.
• As Zachary was ministering in the Temple, an angel brought him news that Elizabeth would bear a child filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of his birth. Zachary doubted and was struck dumb until John’s birth.

• He was Prophet.
• John began his ministry around age 27, wearing a leather belt and a tunic of camel hair, living off locusts and wild honey, and preaching a message of repentance to the people of Jerusalem. He converted many, and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus.
• He Baptized Christ, after which he stepped away and told his disciples to follow Jesus.

• He was imprisoned by King Herod.
• He died a victim of the vengeance of a jealous woman; he was beheaded, and his head brought to her on a platter.
• Saint Jerome says Herodias kept the head for a long time after, occasionally stabbing the tongue with his dagger because of what John had said in life.

Saint John the Baptist was beheaded 30 AD at Machaerus and buried at Sebaste, Samaria. His relics are in Saint Sylvester’s church, Rome, Italy, and at Amiens, France

Today’s Catholic Quote:

St. John was great before God because he forgot himself and lived for Jesus Christ, Who is the source of all greatness. Remember that you are nothing; your own will and your own desires can only lead to misery and sin. Therefore sacrifice every day some one of your natural inclinations to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord, and learn little by little to lose yourself in Him.

Birth of Saint John the Baptist
Birth of Saint John the Baptist