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Feast, Saints, and A Thought for the Day

Beheading of John the Baptist (August 29)

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner. Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize Him Who had been proclaimed. After suffering with joy in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in hades the God Who appeared in the flesh, Who takest away the sin of the world, and granteth us the Great Mercy. (Apolytikion in Tone 2)

Saints of the Day

The Beheading of the Forerunner. Venerable Theodora of Thessalonika, Theopistis and Joseph the Sanctified of Samaka

Thought for the Day

"St. John the Baptist’s beheading occurred just before Passover, but its celebration on August 29 was established because a church that had been built over his grave in Sebastia by Ss. Constantine and Helena was consecrated on August 29." -- St. Nicholai of Zica

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