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9. Of St. John's Day

Antiquities of the Christian Church
XXI. Sacred Seasons, Festivals and Fasts

9. Of St. John's Day

This commemorates the birth of the Baptist, as Christmas does that of Christ. Both are veiled in equal uncertainty, hut the former is known to have preceded the latter by six months, and is accordingly held June 24. Thus the sun of the Old Testament is made to set at the summer solstice, and that of the New Testament to rise in the winter solstice. In the year 506, it was received among the great feasts, like Easter, Christmas, and other festivals; and was celebrated with equal solemnity, and in much the same manner. 

Augustin. Serna. in Nat. Dom.

Concil. Agath. c. 21: Binterim, S. 380.


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