The Birth of John the Baptist

Today on the Anglican and Episcopal calendars, they are remembering the birth of John the Baptist.  We don’t have lots of information about John the Baptizer, but we know he was a cousin to Jesus, and all four Gospels and the Book of Acts reference John’s significance in the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  His birth is covered in Luke chapter 1, and he is also referenced in the works of the historian, Josephus.

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Scriptures for the Day:

Isaiah 40:1-11 
Acts 13:14b-26 
Luke 1:57-80 
Psalm 85 or 85:7-13 

Prayer:

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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