E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
John the Baptist.
Patron saint of missionaries. He was sent to prepare the way of the Lord.
In Christian art he is represented in a coat of sheepskins, in allusion to his life in the desert; either holding a rude wooden cross, with a pennon bearing the words, Ecce Agnus Dei, or with a book on which a lamb is seated; or holding in his right hand a lamb surrounded by a halo, and bearing a cross on the right foot.