The Synaxis of St. John the Baptist

Beatitudes on 8: Feast: 4, from Ode 3; Forerunner: 4, from Ode 6.


1.  O Church of Christ, who of old wast barren and grievously childless, be glad today;

for by water and the Spirit children have been born unto thee, who cry out with faith:

There is none as holy as our God!


2.  In the wilderness the Forerunner crieth out with a loud voice: “Prepare ye the ways of

Christ and make straight the paths of our God, crying out with faith: There is none as

holy as our God!”


3.  He who once assumed the guise of a malignant serpent and planted death in the

garden of creation, is now cast into darkness by Christ’s coming in the flesh; and by

assailing the Master, the Dawn which hath shone forth upon us, he crusheth his own

loathsome head.


4.  The Master draweth to Himself the divinely crafted nature of man, which had been

overthrown by the tyranny of greed; and He restoreth mortal men, granting them a new

birth, and accomplishing thereby a mighty work; for He is come to cleanse our nature.


5.  Thou, the voice of the Word, didst precede Him and didst shine forth like a radiant

star, the Sun of righteousness illumining thee, O Forerunner.


6.  Thou didst not concern thyself with earthly cares, and wast enriched with the

expectations of heaven.  And thou didst perfect thy life like an angel on earth, O most

blessed one.


7.  We know thee to be the seal of the prophets, the mediator between the old and new

covenants, and we proclaim thee to be the Baptist and Forerunner of Christ the Savior.


8.  All the faithful acknowledge and believe thy conceiving to be truly ineffable and thy

birthgiving to be inexpressible and unapproachable, O only Bride of God.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 1:  When Thou, wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, /

the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; /

for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee,  /

calling Thee His beloved Son. /

And the Spirit in the form of a dove /

confirmed the certainty of the word. /

O Christ our God, Who hast appeared //

and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.


Tone 2:  The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, /

but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner; /

for thou hast proved to be truly even more venerable than the prophets, /

since thou wast granted to baptize in the running waters /

Him whom they proclaimed. /

Wherefore, having contested for the truth, /

thou didst rejoice to announce the good tidings even unto those in hades: /

that God hath appeared in the flesh, /

taking away the sin of the world //

and granting us great mercy.


Glory…Tone 6:  Stricken with awe by Thy coming in the flesh, /

the Jordan turned back in fear; /

and John, fulfilling, the prophetic ministry, /

shrank back with trembling.  /

The ranks of the angels were amazed, /

beholding Thee baptized in the flesh in the streams, /

and all who were in darkness were enlightened, //

hymning Thee Who hast appeared and illumined all things.


Both now… Tone 4:  Thou hast appeared today unto the whole world, /

and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us /

who with knowledge chant unto Thee: /

Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared, //

O Light Unapproachable.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord

and shall hope in Him.

Choir:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord and shall hope in Him.

Reader:  Hearken, O God, unto my prayer, when I make supplication unto Thee.

Choir:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord and shall hope in Him.

Reader:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord.

Choir:  And shall hope in Him.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

[Acts 19:1-8 (§42)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  A light hath dawned forth for the righteous man, and gladness for the upright

of heart.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Be glad in the Lord, O ye righteous, and give thanks for the remembrance of His


Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 1:29-34 (§3)]


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the

First Canon of the feast, Second Tone:

Refrain:  Magnify, O my soul, /

her who is more honorable than the host on high, //

the most pure Virgin Theotokos.


Irmos:   Every tongue is at a loss to praise thee as is due: /

even a spirit from the world above is filled with dizziness, when it seeketh to sing thy praises, O Theotokos. /

But since thou art good, accept our faith: /

Thou knowest well our love inspired by God, //

for thou art the Protector of Christians and we magnify thee.


Communion Verse:  The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.  In

everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. 

Alleluia!   Alleluia!  Alleluia!


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