Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Beheading of John the Baptist

The 29th. of August recalls one of the more gory events in the New Testament. St. John, Our Lord's cousin was gratuiously murdered as a result of the machinations of the mother of Salome, who was attempting to gain influence in the royal court, even stooping to using her daughter as a sexual exhibition to gain the King's attention. Just as John's ministry had forshadowed Christ's own, so also his martyrdom as a result of the lust and corruption of others prefigured Our Lord's death for the sake of all sinners.

I am always keen to remember the feasts of John the Baptist, perhaps because he is one of the saints who tends to get forgotten (especially here in England, it would seem), despite his close relationship to Our Lord, and also because the ancient (now Anglican) parish church of Erith, close to my home, is dedicated to him.

St. John the Baptist church, Erith
The feast of the beheading in perahaps also a time to pray for those who become caught up in situations where they are coerced into committing gratuitous acts of violence.

Sancte Ioannes Baptista, ora pro nobis.


  1. actually St. John the Baptists mother and Jesus' mother Mary were cousins Jesus and John were 2nd cousins

  2. Actually St. John the Baptist was a second cousin to Jesus. Mary and Elizabeth are cousins


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