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.
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.