Our patron saint

St John the Baptist stands at the crossroads between the Old and New Testaments. He was a cousin of Jesus, child of Elizabeth and Zechariah. John appeared in the wilderness calling people to repentance and baptising them for the forgiveness of their sins. He had a large following, and he had the courage to speak out against corruption and evil. John lived an austere life, eating locusts and honey and dressing himself in a hair shirt. When asked if he was the Messiah, he told people that he was the voice in the wilderness crying out "Make straight the paths of the Lord". John recognised Jesus as the Lamb of God. Jesus came to him for baptism before embarking on his own ministry. Not long after this, John was arrested by Herod, who objected to his criticism of his marriage to Herodias, his brother's wife. From prison, John sent messengers to Jesus to ask if he were indeed the Messiah, receiving the reply that he only has to see what Jesus is doing to know. Herod had John executed at the request of his wife and her daughter, who danced for Herod and persuaded him to have John beheaded