St. John the Baptist
AND it came to pass when he executed his priestly function-there appeared to him an angel of the Lord-who said to him "Fear not Zachary, for thy prayer is heard and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John;-and many shall rejoice in his nativity.
For he shall be great before the Lord; and shall drink no wine nor strong
And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and the power of Elias; that he may turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare unto the Lord a perfect people. This angelic prophecy to Zachary describes his son, St. John the Baptist.
In the mural we see him as the Forerunner of the Messias, preparing His way among the Israelites. The precursor is wearing his garment of camel's hair and a
St. John is here depicted as enlightening them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, directing them into the way of peace with the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His paths. For
Though penance is the ideal depicted in the mural and while strength and the spirit of temperance abound in its character, there is something too, of a song of spring, in an exquisite design of lines and spaces conveyed by the branches, the rivulet, the faces of youth, the tender coloring, the sweet asceticism of the young saint and the old men turning to him or to the children. In this