† Third Finding of the Precious Head of St John the Baptist

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† Third Finding of the Precious Head of St John the Baptist

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Third Finding of the Precious Head of St John the Baptist (~850)


May 25

(June 07 – West)

† Third Finding of the Precious Head of St John the Baptist (~850)

In the eighth century, during the iconoclast persecutions, the head of St John the Baptist was taken to Comana (the place of St John Chrysostom's exile) for safekeeping, and was lost. (The iconoclasts attacked not only the holy icons, but the veneration of relics of the Saints, sometimes destroying the relics themselves.) When the persecutions ended, the location of the head was revealed to a priest, and it was found in a silver vessel, "in a sacred place." It was returned to Constantinople with great solemnity and celebration. See the First and Second Findings, commemorated February 24.
Where is it now? After several inquiries, we have not been able to learn whether the Head of St John the Baptist is lost again, or whether it rests in some known place..

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