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Prophet John the BaptistHoly Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist Beheading

John the
Baptist
Conception Nativity Beheading First
Second
Discovery
Head
Third
Discovery
Head
Minor
Feasts

 

Feast Event
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Celebrate ApostolosGospelDate
Beheading
of
John the
Baptist
John the
Baptist's

death.
John the
Baptist
being
beheaded.
John the
Baptist
being a
Martyr Saint.
Acts
13:25-33a
Mk
6:14-30
29
Aug.

29 August - The death of the Holy and Glorious Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist is commemorated. The Holy and Glorious Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist was beheaded at the order of King Herod at the request of Salome,the daughter of Herodias.

The story of his death is told in Mt. 14:3-12 and Mk. 6: 14-30.
At a birthday celebration for King Herod, Salome, the daughter of Herodias, performed a dance. The king was delighted and promised Salome what she asked for. Salome asked her mother, Herodias, what she should ask for. Her mother told her to ask for the head of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist. Herodias did not like Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist because he said that Herodias marriage to King Herod was void because she had been married to Herod's brother Philip. Salome asked for the head of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist. King Herod was distressed about this request, but thought that he had to keep his promise. King Herod ordered the death of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist and gave the head of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist on a platter to Salome. Salome gave the head to her mother.

Saint John the Baptist

The Melkite Greek Catholic Church declared that The Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist is a Martyr and a Saint. He died for the sake of holy principles and God's commandments. He proclaimed Our Lord, God and Savior,Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron

TROPARION (TONE 2)
The memory of the just is recalled with praise. As for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's witness is enough: indeed, you were greater than the prophets since you were found worthy to baptize in the waters the One they could only announce. You have fought for the sake of truth and proclaimed to those in Hades that God who appeared in the flesh has taken away the sins of the world and bestowed His great mercy on us.

KONTAKION (TONE 3)
The beheading of the Forerunner was an act of divine providence: the occasion for him to announce the coming of the Saviour to the souls in Hades. Let then Herodias lament and weep, for she has asked for murder, prefering the present life and its pleasures to eternal life and God's law.

Where is the Head of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist

Two possibilities are:

  • Some Melkites believe that Head of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist is in the Omayyad Great Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Pope John Paul II visited the Omayyad Great Mosque in May 2001. The Mosque was a Catholic Church dedicated to the Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist.
  • Some Latin Catholics and other Catholics believe that Head of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist is preserved as a holy relic in the Church of St Sylvester in Rome. It is believed to have been brought there from Emessa in Syria.

Head of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist was found Three Times

John the Baptist's head was found three times. Please see the Feast table below.

Feast Event
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Celebrate ApostolosGospelDate
Conception
of
Elizabeth
John the
Baptist's

conception.
John the
Baptist's
being
conceived.
John the
Baptist's
conception.
Gal.
4:22-27
Lk.
1:5-25
23
Sept.
Nativity
of
John the
Baptist
John the
Baptist's

birth.
John the
Baptist
being
born.
John the
Baptist's
birthday.
Rom.
13:11b-14:4
Lk.
1:1-25,
57-68,
76,
80
24
June
Beheading
of
John the
Baptist
John the
Baptist's

death.
John the
Baptist
being
beheaded.
John the
Baptist
being a
Martyr Saint.
Acts
13:25-33a
Mk
6:14-30
29
Aug.
First
and
Second
Discoveries
of the Head
John the
Baptist
John the
Baptist's

Head
being
found.
Finding
John the
Baptist's
Head.
Having
John the
Baptist's
Head.
2 Cor.
4:6-15
Mt.
11:2-15
24
Feb.
Third
Discovery
of the Head
John the
Baptist
John the
Baptist's

Head
being
found.
Finding
John the
Baptist's
Head.
Having
John the
Baptist's
Head.
2 Cor.
4:6-15
Mt.
11:2-15
25
May

More information about the Holy and Glorious Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist:

More information about the Holy and Glorious Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist:

Beheading of St. John the Baptist Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

St. John of the Desert, St. John of the Desert Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Phoenix, AZ

St. John the Baptist Catholic Encyclopedia

Ikon

Beheading of St. John the Baptist Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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