The Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist
The Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist is an important holiday for Christians. It is associated with important biblical events that must be remembered by every believer.
Who is John the Baptist?
John the Baptist is also called John the Baptist. According to the Gospel, he is the son of the priest Zechariah and his wife, the righteous Elizabeth, the cousin of the Virgin Mary. John is called the Forerunner because he was born 6 months earlier than Jesus Christ and became a preacher.
He foretold the coming of the Messiah and lived in the desert, being an ascetic. He is also called the Baptist because he performed ritual ablutions with water and baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan.
Beheading of John the Baptist
Holiday The beheading of the Head of John the Baptist is not transient, that is, always celebrated on the same day. Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist celebrates September 11.
Church holiday traditions
The feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, according to Orthodox custom, is among the Great, but not the Twelve. On whatever day of the week this holiday falls, believers observe fasting, refusing meat. Fish, eggs and dairy products.
On the eve of the feast, an all-night vigil is celebrated in the churches.
At the liturgy dedicated to this holiday, the apostolic and evangelical readings are performed, which describe these events. Moreover, this is also the day of commemoration of soldiers who fell for good and homeland. However, this day is not considered Parent Saturday.
The next day to commemorate the departed, including the soldiers, will be November 5th.
What is the reason for the feast of the Beheading of John the Forerunner?
The Bible tells about the following events that occurred after the baptism of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist continued to preach salvation through an appeal to the One God and faith in the Messiah, Christ the Savior. John was known for exposing human vices very harshly.
At that time, King Herod II Antipas ruled. He had a brother Philip, married to Herodias, who was actually his niece. They had a daughter, Salome.
King Herod took his wife and daughter from his brother, entered into a relationship with Herodias, and thereby aroused the indignation of the people.
John the Baptist personally appeared to Herod and denounced him and the royal family of sins. This angered the king and he ordered him to be locked up in a dungeon. Herod knew that John the Baptist was revered by the people as a holy man and preacher.
It is believed that he did not execute him immediately, fearing the wrath of the people. Still, the case provided, with a completely unexpected.
The castle was a feast and Salome performed a dance that struck King Herod to the depths of the soul. For this wonderful performance he promised, with his grandees, to fulfill her wish. Herodias taught her daughter to ask for the gift of the head of John the Baptist. Since King Herod was no longer able to break his word, he ordered that John’s head be cut off and put on the people as Salome demanded.
John the Baptist was martyred. In the people this day was also celebrated especially and was called Golovosek.
So the feast of the Beheading of John the Forerunner has ancient roots and the history described in the Bible. All the best and don’t forget to press the buttons and