INVITATION: Live streamed mass for the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist
Wednesday 24 June 2020, 8am AEST
FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
Live streamed from St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane
Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Conventual Chaplain Ad Honorem and Chief Chaplain Ad Interim
‘Watch now’ link will be available when the live stream begins
Birth of St. John the Baptist: Giordano Luca (c.1670), The Hermitage
Saint John the Baptistis one of the few saints who have two feast days. On 24 June, we celebrate hisbirth, whichSaintLuke narrates in his Gospel.There Saint Luke draws a parallel between the births of Jesus and John, pointing out the important role in the history of salvation that Saint John the Baptist would play and the exemplar he would become.
The Bull of Pope Paschal II dated 15 Feb 1113 approved the institution of “the fraternity of The Hospital of Saint John at Jerusalem”. This was understood by those involved to be Saint John the Baptist. If one wanted a patron, one wanted a powerful one, and Saint John the Baptist was about as close to the Lord as one could get.
He was the epitome of obedience, poverty, self-sacrifice, humility, and dedication to serving others. He suffered much in guiding the people in the path of the Lord, and suffered martyrdom for his efforts: certainly, a defender of the faith.
Through the intercession of our Patron, Saint John the Baptist, we pray for all those, who, in the name of the Order, bring help to the afflicted and mercifully assist their brethren in sickness, hunger, poverty, and ignorance: that God may always enlighten