Sunday, December 7, 2008

Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist

June 24

Birth of St John the Baptist

John the Baptist, was the son of Zachary and Elizabeth, members of the Jewish priestly caste and kinsmen to Mary and Jesus. When he reached his early thirties (he was older than Jesus) he began to preach the coming of Christ on the River Jordan, offering Baptism for the forgiveness of people's sins. He attracted many followers and Jesus himself came to him for baptism, the John initially refused saying he it was he that should be baptised by Jesus. He is considered by the church as one who prepared the way for Christ as part of God plan and has an important part in several events of the liturgical cycle. He was eventually imprisoned by Herod and beheaded when Salome requested his head on a platter in return for dancing for Herod. Requirements: Ten minutes prayer, douse oneself with water, drains full QP, must tithe to the next rural church or mendicant friar encountered Effects: Duration, one hour. +2 per Virtue Skill level to Persuasion (influence) rolls, +1 PDL to PL. Heals 1 LP PDL.

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