St John the Baptist

John the Baptist is the only saint, together with the Virgin Mary, whose day of earthly birth is celebrated (24 June), in addition to that of martyrdom (29 August). He baptized Jesus in the waters of the river Jordan and died martyred. St. John the Baptis is called the “Precursor” because he announced the coming of Christ. Famous is the episode in which he leapt for joy in his mother’s womb, Elizabeth, when she received Mary’s visit.