Homily on the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

by St. Justin Popovich Today is a little Great Friday, a second Great Friday. For today the greatest man among those born of women, John, the Holy Forerunner and Baptiser of the Lord, is murdered. On Great Friday, people murdered God, crucified God. On today’s holy great feast, people murdered the greatest of all men. […]

The Jewish Roots Of Baptism

by Kaufmann Kohler and Samuel Krauss This is an article from the Jewish Encyclopedia, published from 1901-1906. While it naturally does not address the sacramental nature of Christian Baptism, it does provide an excellent answer to what John the Forerunner was doing when he began baptizing penitents in the Jordan river. Baptism A religious ablution […]