The Beheading of John the Baptist
Lesser Festival Eucharistic Lectionary
Hebrews 11.32 – 12.2
1 Samuel 31
O God, who didst vouchsafe to thy servant John Baptist to be in birth and death the forerunner of thy Son: Grant that as he was slain for truth and righteousness, so we may contend for the same unto the end; for the love of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.