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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

St. John the Baptist

The Birth of St. John the Baptist
Oil on canvas, 181 x 266 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The Vigil and the Birth of St. John the Baptist (June 23 & 24)

The Prophet Jeremiah receives the word of the Lord saying He was known and sanctified before he came out of the womb of his mother (ch. 1). The Angel of the Lord spoke of John to his father Zachary saying, "and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother's womb." (Luke 1)

"The Lord hath called me from the womb . . ." (Isaiah 49)

"Let Thy Church, O Lord, rejoice at the birth of blessed John the Baptist; through whom she came to know the Author of her own new birth, even our Lord Jesus Christ . . ."

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