John the Baptist's Day Readings (focus text in bold):
Isaiah 40:1-11 - prophesy about John the Baptist's ministry of preparation
Psalm 80:1-7 - Turn us again, O God, and we shall be whole (a community lament)
Acts 13:22-26 - St. Paul tells Galatian converts about John the Baptist's ministry
Luke 1:57-80 - the nativity of John the Baptist and Song of Zechariah
Also referenced: John 3:22-36, John's testimony about Jesus
Cover art: "The Birth of John the Baptist" depicting Zechariah writing "His Name is John" and the Blessed Virgin, great with child, standing to the left; by Jacapo de Pontormo; oil on desco da parto; c. 1526; Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
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