Beheading of St. John the Baptist

The collect for today, the Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, from The Book of Common Prayer (Canadian, 1962):

O God, who didst send thy messenger, John the Baptist, to be the forerunner of the Lord, and to glorify thee by his death: Grant that we, who have received the truth of thy most holy Gospel, may bear our witness thereunto, and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lesson: Jeremiah 1:17-19
The Gospel: St. Mark 6:17-29

Luini, Salome Receiving the Head of St. John the BaptistArtwork: Bernardino Luini, Salome Receiving the Head of St. John the Baptist, 1527-30. Tempera on wood, Uffizi, Florence.

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  1. I’ve appreciated your posting of the feasts and fasts over the years. I wanted to point out a slight glitch…

    I often share these on Facebook, but you don’t have WordPress (or whatever blogging software you use here) set up to post the art as the thumbnail in Facebook. It will only post the link, but no image. There is a way to fix that.