John Baptist, Saint
- The forerunner of our Lord who was sent to prepare the way for His coming. He was miraculously born of Zacharias and Elizabeth, both being "old and well-stricken in years." Although he suffered martyrdom, he is commemorated on the day of his Nativity, as his birth heralded the Incarnation. The Festival of the Nativity of St. John Baptist has been observed since the fourth or fifth century on June 24th, as this was undoubtedly the day of his birth, since he was six months older than our Lord. This date, also, is supposed to be connected with his words, "He must increase, but I must decrease." The days after June 24th begin to decrease in length, but after the Christmas Tide they begin to increase. St. John was beheaded by Herod Antipas, when he was about thirty years old. He was a Prophet, the greatest of all -- the last Prophet of the Old Dispensation and the first of the New, and our Lord declared that among all previously born of women none was greater than John the Baptist. In ecclesiastical art St. John Baptist is variously represented, with a lamb on a book, small cross, close crown or cap; with tunic of camel's hair; cope fastened with two leather thongs crossed; with lamb and locust; his head on a dish.
American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. William James Miller, M.A., B.D.. 1901.
Look at other dictionaries:
John Baptist de Rossi, Saint — • Priest, canon, preacher, d. 1764 Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. John Baptist de Rossi, Saint St. John Baptist de Rossi … Catholic encyclopedia
John Baptist Hogan — John Baptist Hogan † Catholic Encyclopedia ► John Baptist Hogan Better known, on account of his long sojourn in France, as Abbé Hogan, born near Ennis in County Clare, Ireland, 24 June, 1829; died at Saint Sulpice, Paris, 29 September … Catholic encyclopedia
John Baptist Hogan — (June 24,1829 – September 29, 1901), also known as Abbé Hogan, was an Irish French Catholic theologian and educator. He was born near Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, and died at Saint Sulpice, Paris, France.External links*… … Wikipedia
John Baptist Tolomei — John Baptist Tolomei † Catholic Encyclopedia ► John Baptist Tolomei A distinguished Jesuit theologian and Cardinal, born of noble parentage, at Camberaia, between Pistoia and Florence, 3 Dec., 1653; died at Rome in the Roman College,… … Catholic encyclopedia
John the Baptist,Saint — John the Baptist,Saint. First century B.C. Jewish prophet who in the New Testament baptized and prepared the way for Jesus. He was executed by Herod Antipas at the behest of Salome. * * * … Universalium
John Baptist de la Salle, Saint — • Essay on the founder of the Christian Brothers Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 … Catholic encyclopedia
John the Baptist, Saint — • Lengthy article on the Precursor Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 … Catholic encyclopedia
John Baptist de la Salle — (1651–1719) Educator, Order Founder and Saint. John Baptist was born in Rheims into a noble family and he was ordained in 1678. He was appalled by the lack of educational facilities for the poor. He set up the order of the Brothers of the… … Who’s Who in Christianity
John the Baptist, Saint — born 1st century AD Jewish prophet revered in Christianity as the forerunner of Jesus. Sources for his life are the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and the historian Josephus. His mother, Elizabeth, was perhaps a relative of Mary; his… … Universalium
John the Baptist, Saint — Son of Zacharias, a priest of the Temple of Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, the Virgin s cousin, who conceived him in old age. St. John lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until the age of 30 when he chose to preach in the banks of the Jordan… … Dictionary of Renaissance art