The Nativity of
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 (
Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 1: Thy mercy, O Lord, shall pursue me.
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
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 (first canon) 8 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.
Forerunner (second 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).
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.