(Saint) (June 24) Fore-runner of Our Lord. (1st century) What we know of Saint John the Baptist “than whom among them that are born of women a greater hath not arisen” (Matthew 11:11), from his sanctification in his mother’s womb (Luke 1) to his martyrdom under King Herod (Mark 6), is set down in Holy Scripture. The historian Josephus attributes Herod’s subsequent misfortunes and miserable death to his murder of Saint John. The latter has always had a chief place in the veneration given by Holy Church to the Servants of God. His relics appear to have been dispersed in the fourth century at the time of Julian the Apostate. Some were honoured at Alexandria. His head or part of it is venerated in the church of Saint Sylvester in Rome. France claims another portion brought to Amiens in the time of the Crusades.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “John the Baptist”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 October 2013. Web. 4 July 2015. <>