Celebrating in honor of the Third attainment of the head of the Baptist and the Baptist of the Lord John (07/06)

On June 7, according to the new style, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Third Finding of the head of the Baptist of the Lord John. The third acquisition of the holy head of the holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord John took place around the year 850.

During the unrest in Constantinople in connection with the exile of John Chrysostom, the head of St. John the Baptist was transferred to the city of Emesa. From there, during the raids of the Saracens, it was transferred (about 810-820) to Comani and there, during the period of iconoclastic persecution, they hid it in the ground.

When icon veneration was restored, Patriarch Ignatius (847-857) during the night prayer was shown in a vision the place where the head of St. John the Baptist was hidden. The primate informed the emperor about this, who sent an embassy to Komany, where around the year 850 the chapter was found for the third time in the place indicated by the Patriarch.

Later, the head was again transferred to Constantinople and laid there in the court church. Part of the holy chapter is located on Mount Athos.