The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

13th Sunday after Pentecost / Tone 4


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 10: Octoechos 4; Forerunner 6 (While the birthday); G: Forerunner (While the birthday); N: Sunday Dogmatic in the tone of the week.

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: The Lord is King.

3 Readings for the Forerunner.

Litia: Forerunner (What shall we call thee, O prophet?).

Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Forerunner (O forerunner of the Savior); N: Theotokion (O unwedded Virgin).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Forerunner (The memory of the righteous); x1


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Forerunner; N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 2 (All of thy most glorious mysteries).

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Forerunner: We magnify thee, O John, baptizer of the Savior, and we all honor the severing of thy venerable head; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe of the Tone, all the Sessional hymns of the Forerunner.

Hymns of Ascents, and Prokimenon Tone 4.

Matins Gospel 2, Mark 16:1-8 (70).

Having beheld the resurrection; Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the apostles; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Jesus having risen. Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon: Resurrection 4 Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Theotokos 2 O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Forerunner (both canons) 8 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.

Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 4.

Katavasia, Inscribing the invincible weapon of the Cross.


After Ode 3, Kontakion (The glorious beheading) Ikos, and Sessional hymn of the Forerunner (Having shone forth by the judgment of God); G/N: Theotokion (All of us, the generations of men).

After Ode 6, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; Forerunner (With hymns of praise let us magnify the forerunner); G: Second of the Forerunner (The vile Herod); N: Resurrectional Theotokion

Praises, Tone 4, on 8: Resurrection 4; Forerunner 4 (O all-glorious wonder with the doxasticon (Again Herodias rageth insanely), and the final two psalm verses: The righteous man shall flourish like a palm tree, and like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be multiplied. & The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him); G: Gospel Sticheron; N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the troparion: Having risen; the two remaining Litanies and Sunday Dismissal; First Hour.


Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Forerunner; Kontakion: Forerunner & Resurrection, alternating.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 10: Octoechos 6; Forerunner 4, from Ode 3.

After the entrance: Troparia & Kontakia as in Appendix I, A.

Prokimenon, Tone 4: How magnified are Thy works O Lord. & Tone 7: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord.

Epistle: I Cor. 16:13-24 (166); Acts 13:25-32 (33).

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Sunday & Forerunner).

Gospel: Matt. 21:33-42 (87); Mark 6:14-30 (24).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & In everlasting remembrance.

Resurrectional Dismissal.