Beheading of St. John the Baptist
One of the few saints who has multiple feasts throughout the year, we discuss the second feast of St. John the Baptist: his beheading.
August 29 is the day the Holy Catholic Church commemorates the Beheading (or Decollation) of St. John the Baptist at the hands of Herod Antipas. It is widely considered to be one of the oldest feasts for any saint introduced to the liturgical calendar.
May St. John the Baptist, a bold witness to Christ who refused to genuflect before the sinful powers of this world, continue to serve as an example of fortitude to all faithful Catholics in these troubling and uncertain times. Let us pray to him in particular for faithfulness in our families and the repentance of those who have broken their vows. For though among us there may rise up leaders and politicians demanding obedience while upholding sin, we must follow the Baptist in renouncing such error and pledge our fealty to Christ our King and Redeemer.