Beheading of Saint John the Forerunner

The liturgical commemoration of the Beheading of Saint John the Forerunner is almost as old as that commemorating his birth, which is one of the oldest feasts, if not the oldest, introduced into both the Eastern and Western liturgies to honor a saint. This date on the Julian Calendar (used by the Russian, Carpatho-Rusyn, Polish, Macedonian, Serbian, and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches) corresponds in the twenty-first century to September 11th. The day is always observed with strict fasting, and in most Slavic cultures, the pious will not eat food from a flat plate, use a knife, or eat round food on this day.

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