16th Sunday After Pentecost / The Conception of St. John the Baptist

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos: 6; Forerunner: 4, from Ode 3.


1.  The fruit which slew me was beautiful and good to eat; but Christ is the Tree of life,

and eating of Him I do not die, but cry out with the thief: Remember me, O Lord, in Thy



2.  O Compassionate One, Who wast lifted up upon the Cross, Thou hast erased the

record of Adam’s ancient sin, and hast saved the whole human race from deception. 

Wherefore, we hymn Thee, O Lord and Benefactor.


3.  Thou didst nail our sins to the Cross, O compassionate Christ, and by Thy death Thou

didst slay death, O Thou who didst raise up the dead from among the dead.  Wherefore,

we worship Thy holy resurrection.


4. The serpent once poured its venom into the ears of Eve; but on the tree of the Cross,

Christ poured forth the sweetness of life upon the world.  Wherefore, we cry out:

Remember us, O Lord, in Thy kingdom!


5.  Thou wast laid in the tomb as one dead, O Christ, Thou Life of all; and Thou didst

break down the gates of hades; and having risen again in glory on the third day as One

mighty, Thou hast illumined all.  Glory to Thine arising!


6.  Having risen from the dead on the third day, the Lord bestowed His peace upon His

disciples; and having blessed them, He sent them forth saying: Lead all into My



7.  Today the barren one conceiveth the sacred fruit, who in later times will cut down all

the barrenness of souls with grace, the noetic axe.


8. Having been struck dumb within the temple, the great Zechariah receiveth the yoke of

the Word by an awesome announcement, and radiantly doth magnify the compassionate



9. The glorious Forerunner, who hath shown the faithful the firm path of repentance, by

divine counsel surpassing hope hath at the angel's command sprung forth in his mother's



10. As he who was born of the barren woman perceived Christ borne in the Virgin's

womb, he leapt up, heralding the Joy which had come into the world to deliver all from



Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 7: Thou didst destroy death by Thy Cross, /

Thou didst open paradise to the thief. /

Thou didst change the lamentation of the Myrrh-bearers, /

and Thou didst command Thine Apostles to proclaim  /

that Thou didst arise, O Christ God, //

and grantest to the world great mercy.


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 4:  Make merry, O barren woman, who before wast unable to bear a child! /

For, lo! thou hast manifestly conceived the lamp of the Sun, /

who will enlighten all the world, /

which suffereth from blindness. /

Dance thou, O Zechariah, crying out with boldness: /

He who will be born //

is the prophet of the Most High!


Tone 7:  No longer will the dominion of death be able to keep men captive; /

for Christ hath descended, demolishing and destroying the powers thereof. /

 Hades is bound; /

the prophets rejoice with one voice, saying: /

A Savior hath come for them that have faith. // 

Come forth, ye faithful, for the Resurrection.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory...  Tone 1:  Rejoice with splendor, O great Zechariah /

and most glorious Elizabeth, his spouse, /

in conceiving John the Forerunner as is meet, /

whom the archangel announced, rejoicing. /

O ye men, let us right worthily honor him //

as the initiate of the mystery of grace.


Both now... Tone 6: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone:  The Lord will give strength unto His people;

the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Choir: The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with


Reader:  Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God, bring unto the Lord the sons of rams.

Choir: The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with


Reader:  In the Same Tone: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord and shall hope 
in Him.
Choir:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord and shall hope in Him.


Reader: The Reading is from the Second Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the

Corinthians: [II Cor. 6:1-10 (§181); Gal. 4:22-31 (§210 mid)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 7th Tone: It is good to give praise unto the Lord, and to chant

unto Thy name, O Most High.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: To proclaim in the morning Thy mercy, and Thy truth by night.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 4th Tone: The righteous man shall flourish like a palm tree, and like a cedar of Lebanon shall he be multiplied.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 5:1-11 (§17); Luke 1:5-25 (§2)]


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! In

everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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