The Beheading of St. John the Baptist


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 6: Forerunner 8 (While the birthday); G: Forerunner (While the birthday); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 6 (Who doth not call thee blessed).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 8: Behold now, bless ye the Lord.

3 Readings for the Forerunner.

Litia: Forerunner (What shall we call thee, O prophet?); G: (Herod, thinking to escape); N: (Hymn, O hymn ye the Mother of our God).

Aposticha: Forerunner; (O John the Baptist, preacher of repentance); G: (O forerunner of the Savior); N: (O unwedded Virgin).

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


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

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Forerunner.

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. Psalm verse: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

Sessional hymn of the Forerunner (Having denounced Herod); G/N: Theotokion (The Word of the Father descended to earth).

Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth.

Prokimenon of the Forerunner, Tone 4: Precious in the sight of the Lord.

Matins Gospel: Matt. 14:1-13 (57).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Forerunner; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Forerunner (The disciple of the most evil devil danced). Save, O God, Thy people.

Canon: Forerunner (first canon) 8 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.

Forerunner (second canon) 6 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.

Irmos, Having passed through the water as on dry land.

Katavasia, Inscribing the invincible weapon of the Cross.

After Ode 3, 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 (The glorious beheading) and Ikos of the Forerunner.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.


Exapostilarion: Forerunner (With hymns of praise let us magnify the forerunner); G: Second of the Forerunner (The vile Herod); N: Theotokion (Having destroyed the curse on the world).

Praises, Tone 8: Forerunner 4 (O all-glorious wonder); G: Forerunner (Again Herodias rageth insanely); N: Theotokion (O Theotokos, thou art the true vine). After the Great Doxology, the troparia: Forerunner; G/N Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 2 (All of thy most glorious mysteries); the two remaining Litanies and Dismissal; First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Forerunner; Kontakion: Forerunner.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 8: Forerunner: 4 from Ode 3 of the first Canon; and 4 from Ode 6 of the second Canon.

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

Prokimenon, Tone 7: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord.

Epistle: Acts 13:25-33a (33).

Alleluia, Tone 4.

Gospel: Mark 6:14-30 (24).

Communion Hymn: In everlasting remembrance.