Knights of St. John Prayer

Once installed by their local commandry in the First Degree, a Knight should profess this prayer daily. 

The Knights Prayer

 

 

In thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall exult, and in thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly. You have given him his heart desires. We beseech Thee, O Lord, that every though, word, and action, which we offer in the memory of the suffering of Thy holy marty, St. John the Baptist, may by his intercession, profit us unto salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, World without end. Amen. 

 

Knights of St. John, International Patron Saint

St. John the Baptist

The Nativity of John the Baptist

The Nativity of John the Baptist is celebrated in both the modern liturgical calendar and the traditional (1962) calendar on June 24th. In the modern Roman Calendar, the feast day is treated as a Solemnity, the highest ranking of the feast days. The observance begins with the vigil on the evening before the actual date of the feast. In the traditional rite it is considered a Feast of the First Class, in still earlier forms it was celebrated as a Double of the First Class with common Octave.

Octave Days

June 25th – William Abbot, Double, Com. of the Octave

June 26th – Ss. Johan and Paul, Martyrs, Double Com. of the Octave

June 27th – Of the IV day within the Octave of St. John the Baptist, Semidouble

June 28th – St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr, Double, Com. of the Octave

June 29th – Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles, Double of the I Class with a common Octave

June 30th – Commemoration of St. Paul Apostle, Greater Double, Com. of St. Peter Apostle and of the Octave of St. John the Baptist

July 1 – The Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Double of the I Class, Com. of the Octave day of St. John the Baptist

Beheading of St. John the Baptist

The universal church celebrates the beheading of St. John the Baptist on August 29th. 

Litany of St. John the Baptist

 

 

Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us
   
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us
   
Holy Mary, pray for us
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, precursor of Christ, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, glorious forerunner of the Sun of Justice, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, minister of baptism to Jesus, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, burning and shining lamp of the world, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, angel of purity before thy birth, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, special friend and favorite of Christ, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, heavenly contemplative, whose element was prayer, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, intrepid preacher of truth, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, voice crying in the wilderness, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, miracle of mortification and penance, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, example of profound humility, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, glorious martyr of zeal for God’s holy law, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, gloriously fulfilling thy mission, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
   
Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us
   
V. Pray for us, O glorious St. John the Baptist,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
O God, Who hast honored this world by the birth of Saint John the Baptist, grant that Thy faithful people may rejoice in the way of eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.