St John the Baptist Statue
Made of pewter, comes in deluxe gift box with laminated prayer card.
John the Baptist was theson of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27.
When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism
"for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand
". He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying,
"It is I who need baptism from You
When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod