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According to all four canonical gospels of the New Testament, as well as the account of the Jewish historian Josephus, John the Baptist was killed on the orders of a local ruler sometime before Jesus’ crucifixion. The gospels claim the king had him beheaded, and his head put on a platter.
Luke 1:26–27 suggests that John was about six months old when Jesus was born: And in the sixth month [after John was conceived] the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Still assuming that John was born during the reign of King Herod, he would probably have been at least 40 when he died. The Bible does not say exactly when John died. He was six months older than Jesus. It appears that he began his ministry as a prophet at around the age of thirty as did Jesus.
916: A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes …
In clarifying his instructions to the diocese’s priests, he said, they cannot deny Catholics in good standing with the church from receiving communion on the tongue but added, “I appeal to your good judgement and common sense as we begin the process of opening our liturgies and serving the spiritual needs of our people …
Most Protestant churches practise open communion, although many require that the communicant be a baptized Christian. The official policy of the Episcopal Church is to only invite baptized persons to receive communion. However, many parishes do not insist on this and practise open communion.