An Icon of the Head of John the Forerunner

Head of John the Baptist (Russian 19th Century)

The 29th of August commemorates the Beheading of John the Baptist and Forerunner of Christ. Above is an icon of The Head of St John the Forerunner (Глава Cв Иоанна Предтечи), a type of icon which flourished within the Russian Empire during the 19th century.

A few other examples of this icon can be found here, here, here, and here (all images hosted on the Cirota forum).

O Prophet of God and Forerunner of grace,
Having obtained your head from the earth as a most sacred rose,
We are forever receiving healing;
For still as of old you preach repentance.

Synaxarion for the Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

Icons of John the Baptist, John the Forerunner

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