John the Forerunner | John the Baptist

  • ● Orthodox Remembrance Day: June 24
    ● Name means: God is gracious (from Hebrew)
    ● Prophet, Baptist of Jesus, Martyr
    ● Attributes: fur robe, banner Ecce Agnus Dei, lamb, cross staff, baptismal font, head on
    plate, apple from which a palm branch grows
    ● Patron: the tailor, weaver, tanner, furrier, dyer, saddler, innkeeper, winemaker,
    winemaker, barrel binder, carpenter, architect, bricklayer, stonemasons, restorers,
    chimney sweeps, blacksmiths, shepherds, farmers, singers, dancers, musicians, cinema
    owners; of domestic animals; of vines; against alcoholism, headaches, dizziness,
    childhood diseases, fear and hail

    ● Born on June 24, 5 B.C. in Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, Israel
    ● Died on August 29 after 29 in Machaerus Castle, Jordan or in Tiberias in Galilee, Israel
    John, the son of Elizabeth and Zacharias, is believed to have been born six months prior to Jesus,
    according to the gospel of Luke (1:5-25). Zacharias, an old priest with a childless marriage,
    received a promise from the Archangel Gabriel during a temple sacrifice that a son would be
    born to him. However, Zacharias doubted this promise, requesting a sign, which resulted in him
    being struck mute by the angel. Elizabeth, despite her old age, became pregnant with John, who
    was prophesied to be the one to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus.
    During her pregnancy, Elizabeth received a visit from Mary, who stayed with her until the birth
    of John. It is believed that upon the birth of John, Elizabeth was asked about his name. Against
    family tradition, Elizabeth received an inspiration that the boy should be called John, which was
    a significant deviation from the norm.
    The story of John and his birth is one filled with faith, prophecy and the intervention of angels. It
    serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of faith and belief and how, despite being
    impractical and unlikely, miracles can occur through faith and devotion.