The Dawn Mass of St John the Baptist

Posted June 24, 2018 2:27 pm by Gregory DiPippo

The Dawn Mass of St John the Baptist

St Augustine notes that John the Baptist is the only Saint whose birth the Church celebrates, apart from that of the Savior Himself, since the feast of the Virgin Mary’s Birth had not yet been instituted in his time. This custom is observed in fulfillment of the Angel Gabriel’s words to John’s father Zachariah, which are read in the Gospel of the vigil, that “Many shall rejoice in his birth.” (Luke 1, 14) The Roman Rite originally observed two Mass on June 24th, one to be celebrated early in the morning, after Prime, and another after Terce, as attested in the

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