Solemnity – Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2018
About the Solemnity

Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist, the last of the line of prophets sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. As the Catechism teaches us, “The coming of God’s son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ; all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the ‘First Covenant.’ He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel.”

We recognize St. John the Baptist as surpassing all the other prophets. For through St. John, the Holy Spirit completed his work of making a people ready for God’s Son. Also, St. John abundantly welcomed Christ into the world; he leaped for joy in his mother’s womb, foreshadowed Christ’s coming in his preaching, baptized and bore witness to Jesus in the Jordan, and gave his life in holy martyrdom. We celebrate St. John the Baptist’s birth as the threshold opening to the hope and joy present in Christ’s coming. Written by Sarah Ciotti – Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

Readings
Nativity of St. John the Baptist

First Reading
Isaiah 49:1-6

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 14C-15

Second Reading
Acts of the Apostles 13:22-26

Gospel
Luke 1:57-66, 80
Singing Our Faith
This Solemnity is an opportunity to recall the connection between John's baptism of Jesus and our own baptism, and how John's role as the "herald of Christ" is a model for our own baptismal call. read more...

Universal Prayer
We pray that all members of the Church will recognize themselves as heralds of Christ, just like John the Baptist.

We pray for wisdom, peace, and resolution amid our current refugee crises. read more...
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