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Being Weird, Birthday, and Church: HAP ST.JO ST RACYLCHRISTIANSON WWw.PoRTR cww.RISTT RAITSOESAINTS.COM <p><a href="http://stillwaitingforaliens.tumblr.com/post/162206601056/libertarirynn-portraitsofsaints-happy-birthday" class="tumblr_blog">stillwaitingforaliens</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/162205580869/portraitsofsaints-happy-birthday-the-nativity-of" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://portraitsofsaints.tumblr.com/post/162198615092/happy-birthday-the-nativity-of-st-john-the" class="tumblr_blog">portraitsofsaints</a>:</p> <blockquote> <h2>HAPPY BIRTHDAY<br/>The Nativity of St. John the Baptist<br/>Saint John the Baptist</h2> <p><b>Died: 30 AD<br/>Feast day: June 24 (birth) August 29 (death)<br/>Patronage: convulsions, epilepsy, hailstorms, baptism, converts, lambs, Jordan<br/><br/>John the Baptist was the son of Zachary and Elizabeth and cousin of Jesus. John began his ministry around age 27, preaching a message of repentance to the people of Jerusalem. He converted many and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. He Baptized Christ, after which he stepped away and told his disciples to follow Jesus. Imprisoned by King Herod and was beheaded.</b></p> <p><a href="https://www.portraitsofsaints.com/collections/all/all-images-st-john-the-baptist"><b>{website}</b></a></p> </blockquote> <p>Idk about Catholics but the Orthodox have like 4 or 5 feast days for St. John, including a few foe discoveries and rediscoveries of his head.</p> </blockquote> <p>I’m Roman Catholic, and I’d love to hear more about these Orthodox feast days for St. John’s head.</p> </blockquote> <p>We celebrate five feast days for St. John the Baptist: his birth, his death, and the first, second, and third finding of his precious head (I’m not being weird they literally call it “precious head”). </p><blockquote><p>First and Second Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist (February 24). According to church tradition, after the execution of John the Baptist, his disciples buried his body at Sebaste, but Herodias took his severed head and buried it in a dung heap. Later, Saint Joanna, who was married to Herod’s steward,[6] secretly took his head and buried it on the Mount of Olives, where it remained hidden for centuries. </p><p>The First Finding occurred in the fourth century. The property on the Mount of Olives where the head was buried eventually passed into the possession of a government official who became a monk with the name of Innocent. He built a church and a monastic cell there. When he started to dig the foundation, the vessel with the head of John the Baptist was uncovered, but fearful that the relic might be abused by unbelievers, he hid it again in the same place it had been found. Upon his death, the church fell into ruin and was destroyed.</p> <p>The Second Finding occurred in the year 452. During the days of Constantine the Great, two monks on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem reportedly saw visions of John the Baptist, who revealed to them the location of his head. They uncovered the relic, placed it in a sack and proceeded home. Along the way, they encountered an unnamed potter and gave him the bag to carry, not telling him what it was. John the Baptist appeared to him and ordered him to flee from the careless and lazy monks, with what he held in his hands. He did so and took the head home with him. Before his death, he placed it in a container and gave it to his sister. After some time, a hieromonk by the name of Eustathius, an Arian, came into possession of it, using it to attract followers to his teaching. He buried the head in a cave, near Emesa. Eventually, a monastery was built at that place. In the year 452, St. John the Baptist appeared to Archimandrite Marcellus of this monastery and indicated where his head was hidden in a water jar buried in the earth. The relic was brought into the city of Emesa and was later transferred to Constantinople.</p> <p>Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist (May 25). The head was transferred to Comana of Cappadocia during a period of Muslim raids (about 820), and it was hidden in the ground during a period of iconoclastic persecution. When the veneration of icons was restored in 850, Patriarch Ignatius of Constantinople (847-857) saw in a vision the place where the head of St. John had been hidden. The patriarch communicated this to the emperor Michael III, who sent a delegation to Comana, where the head was found. Afterwards, the head was again transferred to Nyc, and here on May 25, it was placed in a church at the court.</p></blockquote> (Source: Wikipedia)

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Memes, Pope Francis, and Thirsty: Pope Francis: You can't defend Christianity by being 'against refugees and other religions' by Catholic News Service posted Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 Pope Francis at this morning's audience with a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany (CNS) Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like “the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.” “This is not something I’ve read in books, but I see in the newspapers and on television every day,” Pope Francis said. Answering questions from young people in the group this morning, the pope said, “the sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy,” which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ. “You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian,” he said. “You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.” This is a reference to Christ’s injunction to help the needy by such works of mercy as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and welcoming the stranger. “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” he said. “If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”

Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like “the contradiction of those who want to def...