Book of Saints – Saint John the Baptist

detail of a stained glass window of Saint John the Baptist, date and artist unknown; Church of Saint Paul, Yellow Springs, Ohio; photographed on 24 December 2015 by Nheyob; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

June 24

John was the son of the priest Zechariah. His mother was Elizabeth, a cousin of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary came to spend three months with her to help her before the birth of John. The Angel Gabriel foretold the birth of John during a vision of Zechariah in the Temple, and told him that John would prepare the people for the coming of the Savior.

When John was a young man he lived in the desert for years. At the River Jordan he cried out: “Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! I am the voice of one crying in the desert. Make straight the way of the Lord.” Large crowds were baptized by him as a sign of penance and forgiveness of sins.

One day John pointed to Jesus with the words, “Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world!” And when John poured water over the head of Jesus in the Jordan River as a sign of penance, the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a dove, and the heavenly Father said: “This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” King Herod had John beheaded.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint John the Baptist”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 January 2019. Web. 24 September 2020. <>