We celebrate the Birth of John the Baptizer on Midsummer or June 24. Celebrating his birth is unique on our Catholic calendar because with all other saints we celebrate their death--their birth into eternal life. The feast comes at the summer solstice when the sun begins to decrease leading to the Nativity of the Lord at the winter solstice. John pointed the way for the Messiah and said, "He must increase, I must decrease."

In the Northern Hemisphere Christians replaced the pagan Midsummer celebration with the Birth of John the Baptist. They kept alive many of the previous customs and added great water games.

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Scripture and Liturgy

Here are today’s Scripture readings.

Read this version written for children: part 1, part 2, part 3

These religion textbook companies offer good questions and activities. 1, 2, 3

Benedictus: what is it, traditional,modern


Find out more about why we celebrate at the summer solstice. 1.

The Orthodox church celebrates John the Forerunner.

Here is a background article and an icons. 2

Learn how Fete de la St. Jean-Baptiste was celebrated in the upper Mississippi area in the 1800's.


Fix some really creative snacks. 1, 2, 3

Make a candle lantern.

Pray a litany.

Contemplate this prayer from the Center for Action.

Learn how other countries celebrate.

Quebec, Philippines, Germany, Spain

Enjoy some water games. traditional,

outside, 2, 3, 4

online, 2, 3, 4

Print out and color these pictures. 1, 2, 3

Do these pencil and paper activities.crossword, fill in the blank, word search.

Buy this great resource

What Do You Know: A Catholic Identity Game for the Whole Community

and play the John the Baptizer game.