On the Church calendar June 24 marks the Nativity of John the Baptist.
He was born right here, in the Hills of Judea (aka the Jerusalem Hills), so we have many churches and monasteries with his name within easy walking distance.
You can see young John on the priest's vestments, holding and beholding the lamb.
Two years ago today I walked down to St. John in the Desert convent to see (and photograph) the special prayer service for the feast day.
Afterwards we were invited to the refectory to feast on good food and drink. To celebrate!
Visiting Spanish-speaking Franciscans clapped and sang to the music of the guitar out in the courtyard.
It was a happy time, a real birthday party.
More about the prayer and the place in my post of last June 24.