St John the Baptist Prayer

The Raccolta, ed. 1910. #389.
Pius X, Jan. ii, 1904.

Detail: Madonna with Child and the Young St. John ,Bonvicino, c. 1550. Princely Collection, GE00879. Used with Permission.


O GLORIOUS St John the Baptist,

of those born of women the greatest of prophets;

thou, though sanctified from thy mothers womb and most innocent,

didst nevertheless will to retire into the desert,

there to practise austerities and penance;

obtain for us from our LORD the grace to be detached,

at least in the affections of our hearts,

from all earthly treasure,

and to practise Christian mortification with interior recollection

and a spirit of holy prayer.


Pater noster,

Ave Maria,
Gloria  Patri,

Visitatio sanctae Elisabet, Jacques Callot, c. 1620. The Art of Christianity Collection, AP00063. Used with Permission.

O MOST zealous Apostle,

who, without working any miracle on others,

but solely by the example of thy life of penance and the power of thy words,

didst draw after thee crowds,

in order to prepare them to worthily receive the MESSIAH,

and listen to his heavenly teaching;

grant that it may be given to us also, by the example of a holy life

and the practice of good works,

to lead many souls to GOD,

and, above all,

those who have been enveloped in the darkness of error and ignorance,

and led astray by vice. 


Pater noster,

Ave Maria,
Gloria  Patri,

Christ is baptised by Johannes Baptist in River Jordan, (Matt 3:13-17), Jan Collaert, plate  11, after Marteen de Vos 1598. The Art of Christianity Collection, AP00024. Used with Permission.

UNCONQUERED martyr,

who for the honour of GOD and the salvation of souls,

didst, with heroic constancy, and at the cost of life itself,

withstand the impious Herod,

reproving him openly for his bad and dissolute life;

obtain for us a brave and generous heart,

so that, overcoming all human respect,

we may boldly profess our faith,

and follow the teaching of our divine master JESUS CHRIST.


Pater noster,

Ave Maria,
Gloria  Patri,




V/. Pray for us, St John the Baptist.

R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of CHRIST.


Let us pray.

O GOD, who hast made this day worthy of honour in the nativity (commemoration) of St John,

grant to thy people the grace of spiritual joys,

and dire the minds of all the faithful into the way of eternal salvation.

Through CHRIST our LORD.

Amen.

Visitatio sanctae Elisabet, Jacques Callot, c. 1620. The Art of Christianity Collection, AP00063. Used with Permission.

Baptism of Christ, Triptych, unknown,

Signed on the back:'Avec mon cordial souvenir ... Versailles 23 sept 1945'.

The Art of Christianity Collection, AP00010. Used with Permission.