The Passion of St. John the Baptist
Saint John the Baptist
Died: 30 AD
Feast day: June 24 (birth); August 29 (death)
Patronage: convulsions, epilepsy, hailstorms, baptism, converts, lambs, Jordan
John the Baptist was the son of Zachary and Elizabeth and cousin of Jesus. John began his ministry around age 27, preaching a message of repentance to the people of Jerusalem. He converted many and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. He Baptized Christ, after which he stepped away and told his disciples to follow Jesus. Imprisoned by King Herod and was beheaded.
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