Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, known in America at St. John the Baptist Day is celebrated today, June 24th 2021. Quebec Canada made this day a national holiday in 1925, but it’s much lesser known in the U.S.

John the Baptist was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early 1st century AD. Other titles for John include John the Forerunner in Eastern Christianity, John the Immerser in some Baptist traditions, and the prophet John in Islam. He is sometimes alternatively called John the Baptizer.

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Fun facts about John the Baptist:

  • He Baptized Jesus
  • He Baptized Jews in the River Jordan
  • He is a prophet in the Islamic religion
  • His parents were Zacharias and Elizabeth
  • His name was given to his mother by an Angel from God

Today is a great day to think back on your own Baptism and ponder the question “am I increasing the Kingdom of God?” If you’re not Baptized, there is no better time than now to grow your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Matthew 3:11-12