The First and Second Finding of the Head of the Forerunner


Vespers: Priest: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 5, on 6: Forerunner 6 (Rejoice, O sacred and light-bearing head); G: Forerunner (The divinely preserved head); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 6 (Who doth not call thee blessed).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: My help cometh from the Lord. 3 Readings for the Forerunner.

Aposticha: Forerunner (Come, ye faithful); G: Forerunner (Like a most precious shrine); N: Theotokion, Tone 2 (Christ the Lord).

Troparia: Forerunner (The head of the Forerunner); G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden). Dismissal.


Matins: The Priest stands in front of the Holy Table with the censer: Blessed is our God. Reader: Amen. [If there was no Midnight Office, the Reader continues with O Heavenly King, then:] Trisagion to Our Father. Priest: For Thine is the Kingdom. Reader: Amen. Psalms 19 and 20, during which the Priest censes the temple. Litany and the exclamation Glory to the Holy. The Six Psalms.

God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Forerunner (The head of the Forerunner) x2; G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden).

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 (Like a pearl); G/N: Theotokion (We ever give thee thanks). Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth. Prokimenon of the Forerunner, Tone 4: There will I make to spring forth a horn for David, I have prepared a lamp for my Christ.

Matins Gospel: Luke 7:17-30 (31).

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 precious head of the Baptist of Christ). Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon: Theotokos 6 Most holy Theotokos, save us.*

Forerunner 8 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.

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

Katavasia: I shall open my mouth.


After Ode 3, Sessional hymn of the Forerunner (Like a treasure laid up in a hiding place); G/N: Theotokion (Mystically receiving in his mind).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (O prophet of God and Forerunner of grace) and Ikos of the Forerunner.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Exapostilaria: Forerunner (Thy precious and luminous head) x2; G/N: Theotokion (The divinely wise assembly of the faithful).

Praises, Tone 4: Forerunner 4 (They most precious head), G: Forerunner (Faithfully receiving); N: Theotokion (O right loving God and Savior). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Forerunner (The head of the Forerunner); G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden); the two remaining Litanies, and the Dismissal; First Hour.


*From the Supplicatory canon of the Theotokos: Distressed by many temptations.


Hours: Troparion: Forerunner; Kontakion: Forerunner.


Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Beatitudes on 8: Forerunner: 4 from Ode 3; 4 from Ode 6.

After the entrance: In a Temple of the Lord, or of the Theotokos: Troparion of the Temple; Forerunner; G: Kontakion of the Forerunner; N: Kontakion of the Temple.

In a Temple of a Saint: Troparion of the Forerunner; Temple; Kontakion of the Forerunner; G: Kontakion of the Temple; N: O Protection of Christians.

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

Epistle: II Cor. 4:6-15 (176).

Alleluia, Tone 4.

Gospel: Matt. 11:2-15 (40).

Communion Hymn: In everlasting remembrance. Dismissal.