The day of the Succession of the head of the Prophet, Baptist and Baptist of the Lord John (11/09)

The Feast of the Beheading of the Head of the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord John is dedicated to the remembrance of the event described by the evangelists Matthew (Matt. 14:1-12) and Mark (Mark 6:14-29).

Saint John the Baptist was imprisoned by Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, because he openly denounced Herod for leaving his lawful wife, the daughter of the Arabian king Aretha, he lawlessly cohabited with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.

On the day of his birth, Herod arranged a feast for the nobles, the elders and the commanders. Herodias' daughter Salome danced in front of the guests and pleased Herod. In gratitude to the girl, he swore to give everything she asked for, even up to half of his kingdom. The dancer, on the advice of her evil mother Herodias, asked that the head of John the Baptist be given to her immediately on a platter.