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St. John, Feasts of
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The Nativity of John the Baptist is celebrated by the Catholic, Anglican, Byzantine, and Coptic churches on Jun 24 (it is also in the Lutheran Calendar of Saints), the Beheading on Aug 29; the earliest evidence of both observances dates from the 5th century. The date of the nativity observance was determined in the West in relationship to Christmas and Luke 1:36; later the feast incorporated customs associated with the summer solstice. The Byzantine church later established a seco…

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Brüske, Gunda, “St. John, Feasts of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10948>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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