|The Beheading of John the Baptist, Caravaggio|
The commemoration of the Beheading of St John the Baptist is almost as old as that commemorating his birth, which is one of the oldest feasts to honour a saint. Some observe this day with fasting, and some will not eat food from a flat plate, use a knife, or eat round food on this day.
Collect of the day
who didst call thy servant John the Baptist
to be in birth and death the forerunner of thy blessed Son:
strengthen us by thy grace
that, as he suffered for the truth,
so may we boldly withstand corruption and vice
and receive with him the unfading crown of glory;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.