He was received by the people as the true herald of the Most High God, and his voice was, as it were, a trumpet sounding from heaven to summon all men to avert the divine judgments, and to prepare themselves to reap the benefit of Vie mercy that was offered them.
The tetrarch Herod Antipas having, in defiance of all laws divine and human, married Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, who was yet living, St. Johnthe Baptist boldly reprehended the tetrarch and his accomplice for soscandalous an incest and adultery, and Herod, urged on by lust and anger, cast the Saint into prison.
About a year after St. John had been made a prisoner, Herod gave a splendid entertainment to the nobility of Galilee. Salome, a daughter of Herodias by her lawful husband, pleased Herod by her dancing, in so much that he promised her to grant whatever she asked.
On this, Salome consulted with her mother what to ask. Herodias
instructed her daughter to demand the death of John the Baptist, and persuaded the young damsel to
make it part of her petition that the head of the prisoner should be forthwith brought to her in a
dish. This strange request startled the tyrant himself; he assented, however, and sent a soldier of
his guard to behead the Saint in prison, with an order to bring his head in a charger and present it
to Salome, who delivered it to her mother. St. Jerome relates that the furious Herodias made it her
inhuman pastime to prick the sacred tongue with a bodkin.
Thus died the great forerunner of our blessed Saviour, about two years
and three months after his entrance upon his public ministry, about a year before the death of our
(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)
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