On this occasion, Jesus made himself known to the people, at the age of 30, the age that the Jews consider of maturity. Also on January 7, Christmas is celebrated in the old rite 2022. The Julian calendar or in the old style is 13 days behind the official calendar.
The prophet John began preaching before Jesus, having the role of preparing the people for the reception of the Savior and making them known. By baptizing people in the Jordan, he was actually preparing them for the true baptism in the spirit that Jesus Christ had brought. St. John had many disciples following him.
He was not a perfect speaker, but he had the gift of drawing people to him. John the Baptist was humble and walked in a rough camel-hair coat with a leather belt.
It fed on wild honey
His food was locusts (a kind of tree that no longer exists), although many translated locusts and wild honey. He lived in a cave in the wilderness until he was captured by Herod, imprisoned, and eventually killed by beheading.
The Gospel says that Herod ordered the beheading of St. John the Baptist at the request of Herodias. John always rebuked Herod for his wicked life with Herodias, who was his brother’s wife. She counseled Salome, her daughter, who had danced and pleased Herod, to ask the Baptist’s head for a reward.
In the Orthodox calendar, the beheading of St. John the Baptist is celebrated on August 29. It is the holiday that ends the church year, because the new church year begins on September 1.
The habit of sprinkling with agheasma
St. John’s Day, popularly known as “St. John’s Day”, is the end of the Winter Holidays open to St. Nicholas. The feast is also known as the “Forerunner of the Lord” or “The Council of the Holy Prophet John the Baptist.”
It is said that on the morning of St. John the Baptist (St. John), every man must sprinkle himself with new agheasma, in order to be free from disease during the year.
According to popular tradition, it is said that after St. John the frost is baptized, that is, the cold softens and temperatures begin to rise. St. John is considered the protector of infants. Those who celebrate the holiday hope to have healthy children without malformations. It is said that this day is one of joy, and whoever does not rejoice in this day will be sad all year round.
Another custom encountered on St. John’s Day is “Jordan”, which is a kind of carol.
Names celebrated by Saint John
Among Romanians, over 300,000 are named Ioana and 140,000 – that of Ionela. Over 11,000 are called Nela and over 6,000 are named Ionelia. As for men, over 400,000 are named Ion, over 500,000 are John, and over 320,000 are named Ionut.
There are approximately 145,000 Romanians named Ionel and over 26,000 named Nelu or Ionică.
The meaning of the name Ion, Ioan, Ioana. The names Ion, Ioan or Ioana have a common origin and are the Romanian version of one of the most common Christian names. John is perhaps the most common name, used in various forms in most languages. The origin of the name is Hebrew and was formed by composing the terms “Yahweh” in its short form “Jo” and “hanan” (to have mercy). The meaning of the name John is “Jehovah had mercy,” “God is merciful.”
The name is originally a formula of thanksgiving to a deity who made possible the birth of a child, hence the meaning “gift from God.” Another version of the meaning of the name Ion is of Slavic origin and means “God is good”. The Holy Scriptures speak of John the Baptist as the Forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one who preached His coming. And he urged the Jews to repent.
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