24 June – Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Character Calendar 

Pictorial Lives of the Saints 

La vie des saints 

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Little Lives of the Great Saints by John O’Kane Murray.

Sermons for Children’s Masses, According to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti.

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays

Legends of the Blessed Sacrament Gathered from the History of the Church and the Lives of the Saints by Emily Mary Shapcote (a Eucharistic Miracle that happened on the Feast of John the Baptist).

The Lives of the Fathers of the Eastern Deserts by Richard Challoner.

“St. John the Baptist” by Matthew Russell.

Gospels & Other Ancient Texts

Matthew – Preaching of John and Baptism of Christ, John Sends His Disciples to Christ, Death of John the Baptist 

Mark – Preaching of John and Baptism of Christ, Death of John the Baptist 

Luke – Nativity and Infancy of John the Baptist, Preaching of John and Baptism of Christ, John Sends His Disciples to Christ 

John – Preaching of John, More Preaching of John

Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews

Medieval Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

Art & Architecture

The Klosterkirche of Sankt Johann in Müstair, Switzerland.  One of the most important churches art historically due to the survival of its extensive fresco cycle, including the earliest surviving monumental Last Judgment, but also one of the least known.  Here is a scholarly article on the church.

A second cycle, also little known, was painted centuries later by Masolino in the baptistery in the Lombard town of Castiglione Olona.

14C Birth of Saint John the Baptist

15C Birth of Saint John the Baptist

15C Altar of Saint John by Rogier van der Weyden

16C Birth of John the Baptist

17C Birth of Saint John the Baptist

18C Nativity of Saint John the Baptist


Warburg Institute Iconographic Database 

Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts 

Kornbluth Photography Historical Archive 

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon, 2016 Plumb.

A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints as Illustrated in Art by Clara Erskine Clement.

A Garner of Saints: Being a Collection of the Legends and Emblems Usually Represented in Art by Allen Hinds.

Lives and Legends of the Evangelists, Apostles, and Other Early Saints by Mrs. Arthur Bell.

The Saints in Art with Their Attributes and Symbols, Alphabetically Arranged by Margaret E. Tabor.

Saints and their Symbols: A Companion in the Churches and Picture Galleries of Europe by E. A. Greene.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.

Sacred Symbols in Art by Elizabeth Edwards Goldsmith.

The Gospel in Art by Albert Edward Bailey.


Medieval Music Database

Vesper Hymn to Saint John the Baptist by Paul the Deacon.

“Ut Queant Laxis” – a hymn to Saint John the Baptist, and the origin of do-re-mi (see also and listen here)


Prayers to John the Baptist 

Prayers in Honor of Saint John the Baptist 

Hymn to Saint John the Baptist

Hymn to Saint John the Baptist

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon.

Manna for the Soul: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Paulo Segneri.

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year with an Appendix of Meditations for the Festivals of Various Saints by Augustin Maria Ilg.

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon.

The Church Seasons Historically and Poetically Illustrated by Alexander H. Grant.

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner.

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