When the feast of the beheading of John the Baptist is celebrated
The beheading of John the Baptist is a feast in honor of the martyrdom of the Baptist Jesus Christ and the preacher of the word of God, who prepared the people for the coming of the Savior.
John the Baptist is a famous and important figure in the Christian faith. Like any martyr canonized, the Baptist of Christ had a terrible ordeal. He ended his life in a painful and violent death, sacrificially entrusting his fate to the will of the Lord.
The Orthodox Church piously honors the feat of the prophet. It was on the day of the Beheading of John the Forerunner that a strict fast was established, expressing the entire grief of the Christian people about sudden loss.
history of the holiday
John the Baptist was sent down from above, in order to instill faith in the hearts of people and to prepare the souls of people for the coming of the Savior. However, the preaching of the Baptist was short-lived. Shortly after the baptism of Christ, the prophet was captured and thrown into prison.
On the throne was the son of Herod the Great, who killed many of the Bethlehem babies in his time. However, Herod the Younger was distinguished by compassion: he penetrated the words of the Messenger of God and was afraid to anger Heaven and the people who so loved John. But the boldness of the prophet did not please either the king or his wife.
For the truth, the Forerunner was imprisoned in a dungeon, as everyone in the district heard about.
A year later, in the king’s palace, there was a wide feast in honor of his birthday. For the noble people, Herod’s stepdaughter Salome danced. Her dance led the ruler to wild delight, which is why he promised her that he would give her everything, even half the kingdom, as a reward.
At the instigation of the queen mother, who hated John fiercely, Salome chose a terrible wage. The young girl publicly declared her desire to the king, demanding the head of the Baptist. Herod was afraid of the wrath of God, but he was even more afraid that the word of the king would become an empty sound.
At the same time one of the guards brought the head of John the Baptist, handing Salome.
The legend says that before the severed head of the innocent prophet was buried on the Mount of Elyon, she endured terrible mockery from evil and godless people. All those present, wishing for the death of the Baptist, have paid with their lives. For them, the Lord has prepared no less painful trials.
Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist
The terrible execution of John the Baptist took place in the year 32 of the Nativity of Christ, August 29th in the old style. The day of the violent death of the famous prophet in Orthodoxy was called the «Beheading of John the Baptist.» With the transition to the Julian calendar, the date of the celebration has shifted.
Now the holiday is celebrated on September 11, and believers from all over the world are reminded of the tragic loss of the Baptist of the Lord.
Every year on September 11, believers in grief remember the day the saint parted with this world. It would seem that on the day of the execution the evil triumphed, the preacher fell. So why is this event considered a holiday? The answer is surprisingly simple.
Martyrdom summed up the life of John the Baptist. The unshakable faith of the Baptist of the Lord accomplished the feat for itself.
The Church teaches that all those who perished for Christ, for good, justice, and truth, perished for good reason. A life given in torment in the name of the truth is a great sacrifice, showing love. The execution of John the Baptist only strengthened his preaching, his ideals.
He left behind a legend about which we still remember.
The beheading of John the Baptist is an amazing celebration in which there is a place for both sorrow and joy. The elect of God lived a happy life and was reunited with the Lord on September 11. This memorable date should inspire hope that, although the course of life is thorny and complex, true faith will always be your guiding star.
May your faith grow day by day. We wish you unity in the soul. take care of yourself and don’t forget to press the buttons and