New Catholic Dictionary – 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

Precursor of Christ. The son of Zachary and Elizabeth, the details of his miraculous life are related in Luke, 1. After spending his youth in the desert, at the age of 30 he reappeared in Judea, near the Jordan (Luke 3), preaching penance and predicting that the Kingdom of God was at hand (Luke 3; Matthew 3). He baptized Our Lord in the Jordan (Matthew 3). Publicly censoring Herod Antipas for having taken to himself Herodias, the wife of his brother, Philip, he was imprisoned and beheaded at the request of the dancing daughter of Herodias (Mark 6). Patron of farriers. Emblems: a lamb, head cut off on a platter, a skin or an animal. Relics in Saint Sylvester’s church in Rome and at Amiens, France. Feast, Roman Calendar, of nativity, 24 June; of decollation, 29 August.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John the Baptist”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2018. Web. 28 September 2021. <>