The Nativity of St. John the Baptist


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 8: Forerunner 8 (When John was born); G: Forerunner (Today the lamp of the Light); N: Theotokion (Elizabeth conceived).

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

3 Readings for the Forerunner.

Litia: Forerunner (Ye mountains, put forth sweetness).

Aposticha: Forerunner (With psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs); G: Forerunner (Today is fulfilled); N: Theotokion in the Menaion (Behold Elizabeth).

Troparia: Forerunner (O prophet and Forerunner) x2; O Theotokos and Virgin x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: 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, forerunner of the Savior, and we honor thy most glorious nativity from a barren woman. Psalm verse: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and wrought deliverance for His people.

Sessional hymns of the Forerunner (Let the father rejoice); G/N: Theotokion (We ever thank thee).

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

Prokimenon of the Forerunner, Tone 4: And thou, O child.

Matins Gospel: Luke 1:24-25,57-68,76,80 (3).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Forerunner and Baptist John; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Forerunner in the Menaion (He who was sanctified). Save, O God, Thy people.

Canon: Forerunner (1st canon) 8 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.

Forerunner (2nd canon) 6 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.

Irmos: O Thou who wast born of the virgin. (according to the Typikon, the Irmos of the first canon is sung twice, the Irmos of the second canon is omitted).

Katavasia: I shall open my mouth.


After Ode 3, 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 (She that was formerly barren) and Ikos of the Forerunner.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.


Exapostilarion: Forerunner (Today the joyous birth); G/N: Theotokion (The prophets preached).

Praises, Tone 8: Forerunner 4 (O all-glorious wonder); G: Forerunner (The Forerunner, the star of stars); N: Theotokion (O Theotokos, thou art the true vine). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Forerunner; G/N: Theotokion (The mystery hidden). The two remaining Litanies, and the usual Dismissal of the day. First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Forerunner; Kontakion: Forerunner


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 8: From the canon of the Forerunner, 4 from Ode 3, first canon; and 4 from Ode 6, 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: Rom. 13:11-14:4 (112).

Alleluia, Tone 1.

Gospel: Luke 1:1-25,57-68,76,80 (1).

Communion Hymn: In everlasting remembrance.