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  1. The liturgical commemoration of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist is almost as old as that commemorating his birth, which is one of the oldest feasts, if not the oldest, introduced into both the Eastern and Western liturgies to honour a saint. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast on 29 August, as does the Lutheran Church.

  2. 6 On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to ...

  3. Jan 4, 2022 · As a powerful Roman ruler, Herod could have had John the Baptist executed, but he respected John as a righteous man who spoke the truth and decided not to put him to death. Herod was intrigued by John and liked to hear him speak. In contrast, Herodias loathed John and wanted him dead (Mark 6:17–20). Ultimately, Herodias’s hate-filled grudge against John the Baptist was the reason he was beheaded. Mark 6:19 states, “So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him.”

  4. John the Baptist Beheaded 14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying,[ a] “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”

  5. Feb 22, 2019 · A skull identified as the head of John the Baptist is on display at the Church of San Silvestro in Capite in Rome, built to house artifacts from the Roman catacombs. The 13th-century cathedral...

  6. Dec 16, 2020 · According to a long-standing tradition, John was beheaded on this day, August 29, probably around the year A.D. 28. What happened to John's head, we do not know. His disciples came and buried the body. Remains alleged to be his were later taken to Alexandria, Egypt, and placed in a specially built church.

  7. The Beheading of St. John the Baptist is Caravaggio's only surviving signed work; the 'f. michelan . . .' which is scrawled in the blood which flows from the Baptist's throat can be read either as 'fra ['frater' or 'brother'] michelan [gelo da Caravaggio]', in which case the work must date from after Caravaggio's appointment as a Knight of Obedience of the Order of St. John on 14 July 1608, or as the conventional designation 'facit michelan . . .'.