The Nativity of St. John the Baptist and the Ministry of the Pre-Born

Tomorrow 24 June 2013 the Catholic Christian World shall celebrate the feast of the birth of Saint John the Baptist

The Hilltop Shepherd's Watch

June 24th is unique on the calendar of Christian saints.  Typically we venerate and observe the life of a saint on the day on which they, as Hamlet remarked, “shuffled off this mortal coil” and went to their eternal reward.  June 24th is one of only two Christian holidays which celebrate someone’s birth.  The first is, hopefully quite obviously, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which everyone simplifies as Christmas.  The second, which precedes Christmas by six months, is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  This dating reflects the message of the Archangel Gabriel when he gave the Blessed Virgin Mary this proof of his own message saying, “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.” (St. Luke 1:36)  If St. Elizabeth were six months further…

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