Do the Orthodox pray to John the Baptist? If not, why not? Do they have any special reasons for not praying to him?

  • Do you have a quote or reference that prompted this question? – curiousdannii May 20 '15 at 12:22
  • @curiousdannii - I don't have any quotes or references. I just saw them pray to many different saints, yet have never seen them pray to John the Baptist. This was all that prompted my question. – brilliant May 20 '15 at 13:51


John the Baptist or John the Forerunner is a revered Saint: he is considered the last of the Old Testament saints that went before Christ. There are numerous examples of iconography Saint John the Baptist icon and even Orthodox churches with John as their patron saint e.g. St John the Baptist Church, a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canberra, Australia, as well as six separate feast days. More information here: Orthodox Wiki: John the Forerunner

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According to Orthodox teachings, any saint can be called upon to pray to God for you, including Saint John the Baptist.

In fact, in the orthodox evening prayers, there is a short prayer dedicated to him:

O Saint John, Forerunner of the Messiah, pray to God for me, the sinner.

(rough translation)

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  • Can you, please, provide some sources. – brilliant May 20 '15 at 13:51
  • @thedarkwanderer All answers should ideally be supported with quotes or references from authoritative sources. I have no reason to suspect Florian is making this up, but it shouldn't be hard to find a source either. – curiousdannii May 21 '15 at 5:53
  • @thedarkwanderer The answer says "in the orthodox evening prayers". What, is there only a single Orthodox liturgy? All the autocephalous Orthodox Churches somehow conform to one single evening prayer liturgy? That's what needs sourcing. Where exactly does that prayer come from? Google currently has no results for the exact prayer Florian quotes here - unsurprising if it's his own translation. It's entirely appropriate to ask for more details. – curiousdannii May 21 '15 at 6:52
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    I did provide a source: the evening prayers. In every orthodox prayer book you can find the morning and evening prayers. I was reffering to the individual evening prayers, not to the evening liturgy. – Florian May 23 '15 at 9:49


This should be obvious, given St. John's prominence in the Bible and the life of Jesus, and indeed a simple google search turns up many, many Orthodox Prayer formulas from a variety of Traditions.

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