NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

SOLEMNITY: JUNE 24

John was Jesus’ cousin and his birth was foretold by the angel Gabriel six months prior to Mary’s Annunciation. Thus we celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist (who Jesus called the greatest born of women) six months prior to Christmas.

In addition, John’s birth is celebrated around the summer solstice (the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight). After this day, the daylight get shorter until the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight) when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. This is to symbolize what John says about Jesus, “He must increase while I must decrease.” John 3:30

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At the National Eucharistic Congress, Decided Excellence Catholic Media - with the help of Bishop William Waltersheid - will be presenting "Beautiful Revelation: The Eucharistic Timeline". Throughout human history, God has left repeated proof of His presence in the Eucharist and that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Salvation. God has given us the wisdom. Have you taken the time to understand? Read this spiritual journey through time to examine critical moments that God uses to reveal the truth of the Body of Christ.

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