Pravmir: Today is a little Great Friday. For today the greatest man among those born of women, John, the Holy Forerunner and Baptiser of the Lord, was murdered. On Great Friday, people murdered God, crucified God. On today’s holy great feast, people murdered the greatest of all men. It is not I who chose to use the expression “the greatest.” What are my praises of the great and glorious Forerunner of the Lord, whom the Lord praised more than anyone among men, more than any of the apostles, the Angels, the Prophets, the Righteous Ones, the Sages? For the Lord declared of him: Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…(Мatthew 11: 11). In all Creation, there exists no greater praise.
Following the Baptism of the Lord, St John the Baptist was locked up in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch (ruler of 1/4 of the Holy Land) and governor of Galilee.