The Shrine of Saint John the Baptist

Opposite the font and aumbry, on the south side of the nave, is the new shrine of Saint John the Baptist. He is shown holding up a shell from which the water of baptism flows, in his left hand a banner declares Christ to be the “Agnus Dei” the Lamb of God. The figure of Saint John is flanked by the old gates of the baptistry, crafted of aluminum, a costly metal in the fifties, and decorated with shell and water designs, in bronze, representing the sacrament. Saint John is the only person, other than Our Lord and the Blessed Mother, for whom the church celebrates the birth – June 24th, as well as his death  – August 29th.