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Wood icon, "Saint John the Forerunner", Hand painted, 20x26 cm

Ana Drăgan Made by  Ana Drăgan
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Hand painted wood icon of Saint John the Forerunner. Original concept.

The glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist is also referred to as John the Forerunner because he was the forerunner of Christ. He was an ascetic and great prophet, who baptized Christ and became one of the most revered saints in the Orthodox Church. John is a cousin of Christ through his mother Elizabeth who was the daughter of Zoia. Zoia is the sister of Christ's grandmother. He was later beheaded by Herod in the first century to satisfy the request of Herod's stepdaughter, Salome, and wife Herodias. Because he baptized Christ, he is the patron saint of godparents.

The Orthodox Church remembers Saint John the Forerunner on six separate feast days, listed here in order of the church year which begins on September 1:

September 23 - Conception of St. John the Forerunner

October 12 - The Russian Orthodox Church observes the Transfer of the Right Hand of the Forerunner from Malta to Gatchina (1799).

January 7 - The Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (main feast day, immediately after Epiphany on January 6)

February 24 - First and Second Finding of the Head of St. John the Forerunner

May 25 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Forerunner

June 24 - Birth of St. John the Forerunner

August 29 - The Beheading of St. John the Forerunner

Also, St. John's parents Zechariah and Elisabeth, are commemorated on September 5.

Icon type
Single icon
Painting technique
Saint John the Baptist
Key color
Celebration in the month of
1 (January)
2 (February)
5 (May)
6 (June)
8 (august)
9 (September)