The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.
Lord I have Cried, Tone 2, on 10: Octoechos 4; Forerunner 6 (When John was born); G: Forerunner (Today the lamp of the Light); 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: Stichera of the Forerunner (Ye mountains, put forth sweetness); G: Forerunner (Today Elizabeth giveth birth); N: Theotokion (Thou art the temple and portal).
Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Forerunner (Today is fulfilled); N: Theotokion (Behold Elizabeth).
Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Forerunner (O prophet and Forerunner) x1.
Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 2; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Forerunner (O prophet and Forerunner); N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden).
After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos
Polyeleos and Magnification of the Forerunner: We magnify thee, O John, forerunner of the Savior, and we honor thy most glorious nativity from a barren woman; The Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).
Hypakoe, Tone 2; all the Sessional Hymns of the Forerunner.
Hymns of Ascents, and Prokimenon, Tone 2.
Matins Gospel 3, Mark 16:9-20 (§71).
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 2.
After Ode 3, Kontakion (She that was formerly barren) and Ikos of the Forerunner; Sessional hymns of the Forerunner (When He was born); G: Forerunner (Like the radiant sun); N: Theotokion (By thy divine birthgiving).
After Ode 6, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection.
At Ode 9, More Honorable.
Holy is the Lord, our God.
Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G: Forerunner (Today the joyous birth); N: Resurrectional Theotokion.
Praises, Tone 2, on 8: Resurrection 4; Forerunner 4 (O all-glorious wonder – with the doxasticon (The Forerunner, the star of stars), and the final two psalm verses: Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and wrought deliverance for His people. & And thou, O child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High); G: Gospel Sticheron; N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the troparion: Having risen; the two remaining Litanies and Resurrectional Dismissal; First Hour.
Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Forerunner; Kontakion: Forerunner and Resurrection, alternating.
Liturgy: Beatitudes on 10; Resurrection: 6; Forerunner: 4 from Ode 3.
After the entrance: Troparia & Kontakia as in Appendix I, A.
Prokimenon, Tone 2: The Lord is my strength and my song. & Tone 7: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord.
Epistle: Rom. 5:1-10 (§88); Rom. 13:11-14:4 (§112).
Alleluia, Tone 2 & Tone 1.
Gospel: Matt. 6:22-33 (§18); Luke 1:1-25,57-68,76,80 (§1).
Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be.