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The Beheading of St John the Baptist by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

August 29

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Memorial

“And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is he who takes no offense at me.’ As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John…” (Mt 11:4-7). [1]

Today is the memorial of The Passion (beheading) of Saint John the Baptist. Called to proclaim the coming of the Messiah, he boldly spoke the truth in word and deed. Saint John rebuked Herod Antipas’ behavior at having married his niece, who was also his half-brother’s wife, saying, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herod placed John in prison. While John was incarcerated, he sent his disciples to Jesus to ask if he was the Messiah, to which Jesus replied that his actions spoke for themselves. As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus told the onlookers that John was more than a prophet. After Herod had John beheaded, his disciples took his body and buried it. [2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version, s.v., “Matthew, The Gospel According to.”
[2] Ibid.
[3] Herbert J. Thurston, S.J. and Donald Attwater, Butler’s Lives of the Saints Volume 3 (Indiana: Ave Maria Press, Inc., 1956), 440.

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Invitatory

https://media.blubrry.com/divineoffice/traffic.libsyn.com/divineoffice/divine-ip-0829-martyrdom-of-john-the-baptist.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:02 — 3.8MB)Lord, open my lips. — And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Ant. Come, let us worship the Lamb of God on this feast of Saint John who went before Christ in life and in death. Psalm 95 Come, let us sing to the Lord… Enter Prayer

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