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Prayer For The Nativity Of John The Baptist

For June 24th or Other Occasions

The birth of John the Baptist is recorded in Scripture, only in the Gospel of Luke. John’s parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth were childless and too old to have more children. Zechariah was a priest, and during his rotation to serve in the Jerusalem temple, he was chosen to offer incense at the Golden Altar. The angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him Elizabeth would give birth to a child, and that he would be called "John." However, Zechariah did not believe the message, and he was made mute until John's birth. John grew up to be an important prophet and forerunner of Jesus, until his beheading.

John's nativity is celebrated on June 24th, as a solemnity. In many European countries it was considered a "quarter day" which marked off the four parts of the year, roughly aligning with the changing of the seasons.

Icon of the Nativity of John the Baptist

Prayer For The Nativity of John the Baptist
Almighty God,
by whose providence
your servant John the Baptist
was wonderfully born,
and sent to prepare the way
of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance:
Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life,
that we may truly repent
according to his preaching;
and, following his example,
constantly speak the truth,
boldly rebuke vice,
and patiently suffer for the truth's sake;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer

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