Let us pray (in silence) [that we may follow the Good Shepherd]
you shine the light of your truth
so that any who stray into error
may be able to return to the right path,
grant that all who profess the Christian faith
may reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ
and eagerly follow the way that leads to you;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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Martyrdom and Death of John the Baptist
Notes: Painted choir-screen sculpture, northside, depicting from left to right: 1) Herodias stabbing the head of John the Baptist on a platter; 2) the beheading of John the Baptist; 3) the dance of Salome; 4) the arrest of John the Baptist and his arraignment before Herod
Building: Cathédrale d’Amiens