The Afterfeast of Theophany / Synaxis of St. John the Baptist

 

Vespers: There is no Kathisma.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 2: on 6: Feast: 3 (The forerunner, beholding our Enlightener); Forerunner: 3 (Beholding Thee coming to him); G: Forerunner (O beacon in the flesh); N: Feast (God the Word appeared).

Entry with the Censer; O Gladsome Light; Great Prokimenon, Tone 7: Our God is in heaven and on earth; all things soever He hath willed, He hath done.

Aposticha: Feast (When John the Forerunner); G: Forerunner (As a lover of the Spirit); N: Feast (Come ye, let us emulate).

Now lettest Thou Thy Servant depart.

Troparia: Forerunner (The memory of the righteous); G/N Feast (When Thou wast baptized).

Usual ending for daily vespers.

Festal Dismissal: May Christ our true God, Who for our salvation deigned to be baptized by John in the Jordan.

 

Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 1; Troparia: Feast x2; G: Forerunner; N Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Feast.

Psalm 50.

Canon: First Canon of the Feast: 6 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Second Canon of the Feast: 4 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Forerunner: 4 Holy Great John, Baptizer of the Lord, pray to God for us.

The Irmoi of both canons of the feast (which are both sung twice).

Katavasia: The Irmoi of both canons of the Feast.

 

After Ode 3, Kontakion (Thou hast appeared today), Ikos, and Sessional Hymn of the Feast (When Thou didst appear).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (Stricken with awe) and Ikos of the Forerunner.

At Ode 9, we do not sing More Honorable. We instead sing the refrains of the Feast, with the canon of the feast: Magnify, O my soul, the all-pure Virgin Theotokos, who is more honorable than the armies on high; and the others; and likewise of the Forerunner, as in the Menaion.

Exapostilarion: Forerunner (Thou didst wondrously prepare); G/N: Feast (Today Christ hath come to be baptized).

Praises, Tone 1: Feast 4 (Christ our Savior); G: Forerunner (O Baptist); N: Feast (Today Christ hath come to be baptized). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Forerunner; G/N: Feast. The two remaining Litanies, and the Festal Dismissal: May Christ our true God, Who for our salvation deigned to be baptized by John in the Jordan.

 

Hours: Troparion: Feast; G: Forerunner; Kontakion: Feast & Forerunner, alternating.

 

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

At the entrance: O come let us worship and fall down before Christ. O Son of God, Who wast baptized in the Jordan, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.* Then immediately: Troparia: Feast, Forerunner, G: Kontakion of the Forerunner, N: Feast. Trisagion.

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

Epistle: Acts 19:1-8 (42).

Alleluia, Tone 5.

Gospel: John 1:29-34 (3).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain Magnify, O my soul, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode, second canon (Every tongue is at a loss to praise thee as is due).

Communion Hymn: The grace of God that bringeth salvation, and In everlasting remembrance.

Feast dismissal: May Christ our true God, Who for our salvation deigned to be baptized by John in the Jordan.

 

*This is done until (and including) the Apodosis of the Feast (January 14th), except on Sundays.