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St. John the Forerunner

St. John the Forerunner

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In the Orthodox Church, it is a common practice to observe the day after a major feast in commemoration of the saint who made the feast possible. On the day after Christmas we have the Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos, and on January 7/20, the day after Theophany, we commemorate the glorious Prophet and Forerunner St. John the Baptist. Chosen before his birth as the herald and forerunner of the Messiah, St. John plays a crucial role in the history of salvation. His ministry and purpose was to “go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). Keep reading for resources and ideas for learning about the life and legacy of St. John the Forerunner in your little church.

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