P: The holy gospel according to St. Mark, the 6th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
GOSPEL: Mark 6:14-29
King Herod heard of [the disciples' preaching,] for Jesus' name had become known.
Some were saying, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this
reason these powers are at work in him."
But others said, "It is Elijah." And others
said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old."
But when Herod heard of it, he
said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised."
For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because Herod had married her.
John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
od feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him.
When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.
an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and
officers and for the leaders of Galilee.
When his daughter Herodias came in and
danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for
whatever you wish, and I will give it."
And he solemnly swore to her, "Whatever you
ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."
She went out and said to her moth-
er, "What should I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the baptizer."
Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, "I want you to give me at
once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
The king was deeply grieved; yet out
of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and
beheaded him in the prison,
brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then
the girl gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it, they came and took
his body, and laid it in a tomb.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.