24Jun Birth of St John the Baptist — Bidding prayers etc

Just three birthdays are celebrated by the Church in the Liturgy each year - that of Jesus at the winter solstice, his mother’s on 8th September and that of his cousin John the Baptist near midsummer’s day. John’s birthday comes just after the longest day of the year, when the light begins to decline — just as Jesus’ birthday is after the shortest day, when days begin to lengthen. The placing of these two feasts summarises John the Baptist’s mission: ‘I must decrease, he must increase.’

24Jun Sunday 24 June 2012. Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Herald of the Lord’s Gracious Favour