St. John was the son of the Prophet Zacharias and Elizabeth, who was a cousin of the Virgin Mary. St. John is known as the "Forerunner" and "Baptist." He is known as the Forerunner because he preceded Christ and taught repentance, which prepared men for Jesus' teaching and His ministry. He even recognized Christ as the Messiah as early as when they were both still in their mothers' wombs. According to Holy Tradition, the Virgin Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and when they embraced John leapt in his mother's womb, which is considered his first acknowledgment of Christ as Messiah.

After his birth, St. John's father Zacharias was murdered in the temple. He and his mother fled to the desert and he was raised there. Thus he lived as an ascetic from the earliest part of his life. He ate plants and roots and wore rough clothing. When he grew, he baptized people in the Jordan, teaching repentance, but also saying that someone greater would come after him and baptize with the Holy Spirit.

St. John always spoke the Truth and because Herod did not appreciate his criticism, he was imprisoned. Later he was beheaded, as the result of a promise Herod gave to his step-daughter to give her anything she asked. The daughter was convinced by her mother to ask for John's head on a platter. Our parish celebrates the feast of St. John's Beheading as our patronal feast day. It is a strict fast day in recognition of the way in which he died, but it is also a joyous feast day because John's life was such a luminous example for monastics, martyrs and all Christians to follow him.


Feast Days of St. John the Baptist (Old Calendar)

October 26 - Conception of St. John

January 21 - Synaxis of St. John

March 9 - 1st & 2nd Findings of the Head of St. John

June 7 - 3rd Finding of the Head of St. John

July 7 - Nativity of St. John - Our Patronal Feast Day

Sept 11 - Beheading of St. John

O Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ, in spite of our eagerness to render you due honor, we fall short when singing your praise. Your glorious birth saved your mother from the shame of barrenness, returned to your father the power of speech, and proclaimed to the world the Incarnation of the Son of God.

The woman who had been barren becomes fertile and gives birth today to the Forerunner of Christ. He is the greatest and last of the prophets, for standing in the waters of the Jordon River, he placed his hands on Christ whom all the prophets had announced, and in so doing he became a prophet himself, a preacher and a forerunner of the Word of God.

Upcoming Services
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    11 April
    Unction Service - 6:30PM
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    12 April
    Holyday Divine Liturgy - 9AM

    12 Passion Gospels - 6:30PM
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    13 April
    Royal Hours - 9AM
    Lamentations - 3PM
    Burial Vespers Service - 7PM
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    14 April
    Holy Saturday Liturgy - 9AM
    Resurrection Matins - 7PM
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    15 April
    9:00 Divine Liturgy with Blesing of Baskets.  
    Fast free
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    16 April
    Fast free
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    17 April
    Divine Liturgy - 9AM.  RAHWAY with children's procession with icons.
    Fast free
Latest News
2019 Deanery Lenten Mission - 04/19/19

On Friday Evening April 19, St. John's hosted the 10th and final NY/NJ Deanery Mission.  The Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts was celebrated with a large crowd of people.  The Celebrant was the Very Rev. John Pribish.  Homilist was Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ellis.  

Fr. Deacon Gregory's 20th Anniversary - 01/13/19

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, the parish of St. John's honored Protodeacon, Gregory Benc on his 20th Anniuversary of Ordination with family and friends followed by a surprse party in the parish hall.  A sermon was prepared by Diocesan Chancellor Fr. Frank Miloro (uncle) who was unable to attend the celebration.  The parish officers presented a combined parish gift to the deacon for the purchase of new vestments and a cassock.  The gathering was filled with joy and thanksgiving for his service to St. John's Church and the Diocese.

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