Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Blessed Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist

15th century icon of the Nativity of John the Baptist

St. Anne with Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and John the Baptist, Hans Baldung Grien, 1511
(never mind that John and Jesus are only 6 months different in age)

This is one of the oldest feasts in the Christian calendar, and other than the Mother of God, he is the only to have his birth celebrated. During medieval times, great parties were held as "little Christmases" and great bonfires were burnt in rembrance that Christ is the Light of the world, and that we are also called to be lights in the world. Who's ready for a party?
A blessed feast day to you all!!

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