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Octoechos - Mode 1.

On Sunday Morning

Menaion - August 29

Commemoration of the Beheading of the Holy Forerunner

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 1.

God is the Lord, and He revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [SAAS]

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His holy name.

or: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I defended myself against them.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Apolytikion.

Mode 1. Automelon.

The stone had been secured with a seal by the Judeans, * and a guard of soldiers was watching Your immaculate body. * You rose on the third day, O Lord * and Savior, granting life unto the world. * For this reason were the powers of heaven crying out to You, O Life-giver: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ; * glory to Your kingdom; * glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind. [SD]

Glory. For the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2.

The memory of the just is observed with hymns of praise; for you suffices the testimony of the Lord, O Forerunner. You have proved to be truly more ven'rable than the Prophets, since you were granted to baptize in the river the One whom they proclaimed. Therefore, when for the truth you had contested, rejoicing, to those in Hades you preached the Gospel, that God was manifested in the flesh, and takes away the sin of the world, and grants to us the great mercy. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 2.

All surpassing every thought, all surpassing glorious, O Theotokos, are your mysteries. For while bearing the seal of purity and preserved in virginity, you were deemed a Mother in truth, for to the true God you gave birth. To Him pray fervently, entreating Him to save our souls. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 2. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For Yours is the dominion, and Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma I. Resurrectional.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 1. Automelon.

The soldiers keeping watch at Your tomb, O my Savior, * became as dead for fear of the radiant Angel. * And he proclaimed that You arose to the women who came at dawn. * We extol You, Lord, for You abolished corruption, * and we worship You, our only God, who was buried * and rose from the sepulcher. [SD]

Glory. For the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1. Let us worship the Word.

Come together, believers, and let us all extol * John the Baptist who stands in between the Law and Grace; * for he publicly proclaimed repentance to us; * and courageously denouncing King Herod openly, * he was unjustly beheaded. * And as he lives now with the Angels, * he intercedes with Christ to save our souls. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 1. The stone had been secured.

When Gabriel had uttered rejoice to you, O Virgin, * then with the voice was the Lord of all becoming incarnate * in you whom the holy Ark of old * prefigured, as righteous David said. * You carried your Creator and proved to be more spacious than the heavens. * Glory to Him who dwelt inside of you! * Glory to Him who came forth from You! * Glory be to Him who through your childbirth has set us free! [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 3. It would be followed by the short litany.

PRIEST

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

For You, O God, are good and love mankind, and to You we offer glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma II.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 1. The stone had been secured.

The women went early in the morning to the gravesite, * and when they beheld the appearance of an angel they trembled. * The sepulcher radiated life; the wonder filled them with astonishment. * Hence they went away, proclaiming the resurrection unto the Disciples. * "Christ has despoiled Hades, as the One * mighty and only powerful, * and He raised up all who were corrupted, * and dispelled the fear of condemnation, by the power of the Cross." [SD]

Glory. For the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1. Let us worship the Word.

To the Forerunner John and the baptizer of Christ,* who to us was shone forth as a Prophet from the womb * and has risen on the world as a shining light * from the barren one: to him let us offer hymns of praise, as a victorious athlete, * who intercedes with the Master, to have mercy upon our souls. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1. Let us worship the Word.

I implore you to show forth your promptness to provide * your protection and help and your mercy unto me, * O pure Maid, and calm the waves of unruly thoughts, * and resurrect the fallen soul of me your servant, I entreat, * O all-holy Theotokos. * I know, I know, O Virgin, * that you can do whatever you wish. [SD]

The Polyeleos.

Psalm 134 (135).

Psalm 135 (136).

Selected Psalm Verses

Selected Psalm Verses for the Feast of the Holy Forerunner

The man who fears the Lord Alleluia.

1. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord; he will delight exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia. (111:1) [SAAS]

2. His seed shall be mighty on earth. His righteousness continues unto ages of ages. Alleluia. (111:2) [SAAS]

3. For the upright, light springs up in darkness. Alleluia. (111:4) [SAAS]

4. A righteous man shall be in everlasting remembrance. Alleluia. (111:6) [SAAS]

5. His horn shall be exalted with glory. Alleluia. (111:9) [SAAS]

6. Now the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord. Alleluia. (36:39) [SAAS]

7. Light dawned for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart. Alleluia. (96:11) [SAAS]

8. The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him. Alleluia. (63:11) [SAAS]

9. The Lord swore to David this truth, and He shall not reject it. Alleluia. (131:11) [SAAS]

10. I shall set upon your throne one from the fruit of your loins. Alleluia. (131:11) [SAAS]

11. There I shall cause to spring up a horn for David; there I prepared a lamp for my anointed. Alleluia. (131:17) [SAAS]

12. Behold, I fled far away, and lodged in the wilderness. Alleluia. (54:8) [SAAS]

13. I have become like a pelican in a desert; I have become like an owl in a ruined house. Alleluia. (101:7) [SAAS]

14. I kept watch, and have become like a sparrow alone on a housetop. Alleluia. (101:8) [SAAS]

15. My knees were weak from fasting, and my flesh was changed because of the oil. Alleluia. (108:24) [SAAS]

16. He who walks blamelessly, and works righteousness. Alleluia. (14:2) [SAAS]

17. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:8) [RSV]

18. For you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:8) [RSV]

19. To give knowledge of salvation to his people. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:9) [RSV]

20. In the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God. Alleluia. (Ode 9b:9) [RSV]

21. I held to hard ways because of the words of Your lips. Alleluia. (16:4) [SAAS]

22. I declared Your truth and Your salvation. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

23. I did not hide Your mercy and Your truth from the great congregation. Alleluia. (39:11) [SAAS]

24. I said to those who transgress the law, "Do not transgress the law," and to those who sin I said, "Do not exalt yourselves." Alleluia. (74:5) [SAAS]

25. Behold, I shall not restrain my lips, O Lord, You know. Alleluia. (39:10) [SAAS]

26. And my tongue shall meditate on Your righteousness, and on Your praise all the day long. Alleluia. (34:28) [SAAS]

Resurrectional Evlogetaria.

Mode pl. 1.

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

When the hosts of the Angels saw how You were accounted among the dead, they all marveled. You, O Savior, are the One who destroyed the might of death; and when You arose You raised Adam with yourself and from Hades liberated everyone. [SD]

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

"Why do you mingle the ointments with your tears full of pity, O women disciples?" Thus the Angel who was shining in the tomb cried to the myrrh-bearing women. "See for yourselves the empty tomb and understand, that the Savior has risen from the sepulcher." [SD]

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

Very early in the morning, the myrrh-bearing women were hastening to Your tomb lamenting. But the Angel appeared to them and uttered, "The time for lamentation has ended; weep no more. Go announce the Resurrection to the Apostles." [SD]

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

When the myrrh-bearing women had come with their spices to Your sepulcher, O Savior, they heard the voice of an Angel clearly speaking to them, "Why do you account among the dead the One who lives? For as God, He has risen from the sepulcher." [SD]

Glory.

We bow down in worship to the Father and His Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, one in essence; and we cry aloud with the Seraphim: Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O Lord. [SD]

Both now.

Giving birth to the Giver of life, O Virgin, you delivered Adam from sin, and to Eve you have rendered joy in place of sorrow. He who from you became incarnate, God and man, has directed to life him who fell from it. [SD]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God. (3)

PRIEST

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

For blessed is Your name, and glorified is Your kingdom, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

READER

From Octoechos - - -

Hypakoe. Mode 1.

The repentance of the robber plundered Paradise, while the lament of the myrrh-bearing women revealed the joy. For You had risen, O Christ our God, bestowing on the world the great mercy. [SD]

CHOIR

Kathisma III.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

You shone forth from one barren by God's decree; * and you lifted the gag on your father's speech. * To us you made known the Sun, who is the luminous morning-star; * and you proclaimed Him Creator to the people in the wilderness, * and you called Him the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. * Therefore when you zealously denounced King Herod, * that glorious head of yours was cut off, O all-lauded one, * holy John the Forerunner. * Intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offences * to those who with longing observe your holy memory. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Holy Virgin and Mother of Christ our God, * I entreat you most earnestly now to cure * the passions that plague my soul, * and to grant me forgiveness * for the sins and offences * that I committed mindlessly, * thus polluting my body, * wretched one that I am. * Oh! And how I shudder at the thought of that hour * when Angels will separate my soul from my body. * Then, alas! What shall become of me? * O Lady, hence I pray you will come * to my aid as an ardent helper then. * For I your unworthy servant * have you as my only hope. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Anavathmoi.

Antiphon I. Mode 1.

When I am afflicted, hearken to my distress; Lord, to You I cry out. [SD]

Ceaseless does divine longing become in those who dwell in the wilderness, outside of the futile world as they are. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

To the Holy Spirit do both honor and glory belong, as to the Father and the Son. Let us therefore sing in praise to the Trinity and one dominion. [SD]

Antiphon II.

Having lifted me up to the mountains of Your laws, brighten me with virtues, O God, that I may praise You. [SD]

With Your right hand embracing me, O Logos, be my keeper, shelter me, so that the fire of sin not burn me. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

By the Holy Spirit all creation is renewed, and thus returns unto its first state. For It is equal in power to the Father and the Logos. [SD]

Antiphon III.

Because they said to me, Let us journey to the courts of the Lord, my spirit has been cheered, and my heart rejoices also. [SD]

On the house of David there is great fear; for there, when thrones have been placed, all the tribes and tongues of the earth will be judged. [SD]

Glory. Both now.

To the Holy Spirit honor, worship, glory and dominion, as befit the Father and the Son, must also be offered. For the Trinity is a Monad, in nature but not in persons. [SD]

Prokeimenon.

"Now I will arise," says the Lord; "I will establish them in salvation; I will declare it boldly." (2)

Verse: The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver fired in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

"Now I will arise," says the Lord; "I will establish them in salvation; I will declare it boldly." [SAAS]

It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the reading of Gospel.

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

PRIEST

For You are holy, our God, who rest among the Saints, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

CHOIR

Amen.

Mode 2.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. (2) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

DEACON

Let us pray to the Lord our God that we may be made worthy to hear the holy Gospel.

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

DEACON

Wisdom. Arise. Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

PRIEST

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to John.

DEACON

Let us be attentive.

( Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You. )

PRIEST (from the altar table)

Eothinon 10

John. 21:1-14

At that time, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and He revealed Himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas, called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead. [RSV]

( Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You. )

READER

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross, O Christ, we venerate, and Your holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. For You are our God; apart from You we know no other; we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold, through the Cross, joy has come to the whole world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us praise His Resurrection; for having endured the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death. [GOA]

CHOIR

Psalm 50 (51).

Mode 2. (or the Mode of the week)

[Merciful,] Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression.

Wash me thoroughly from my lawlessness and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my lawlessness, and my sin is always before me.

Against You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight; that You may be justified in Your words, and overcome when You are judged.

For behold, I was conceived in transgressions, and in sins my mother bore me.

Behold, You love truth; You showed me the unknown and secret things of Your wisdom.

You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed; You shall wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow.

You shall make me hear joy and gladness; my bones that were humbled shall greatly rejoice.

Turn Your face from my sins, and blot out all my transgressions.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your guiding Spirit.

I will teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall greatly rejoice in Your righteousness.

O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.

For if You desired sacrifice, I would give it; You will not be pleased with whole burnt offerings.

A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not despise.

Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built.

Then You will be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with offerings and whole burnt offerings.

Then shall they offer young bulls on Your altar. And have mercy on me, O God. [SAAS]

Glory.

At the intercession of the Apostles, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

Both now.

At the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord of mercy, blot out my many offences. [SD]

Verse: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression.

Jesus, having risen from the grave as He foretold, has granted us eternal life and great mercy. [SD]

DEACON

O God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Look upon Your world with mercy and compassion. Raise the Orthodox Christians in glory, and send down upon us Your rich mercies, through the intercessions of our most pure Lady the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary, the power of the precious and life giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless Powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable and glorious prophet, and forerunner John the Baptist, whose memory we celebrate; the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, our Fathers among the Saints, the great hierarchs and ecumenical teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, Athanasios, Cyril, and John the Merciful, patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas, bishop of Myra, Spyridon, bishop of Trimythous, Nektarios of Pentapolis, the wonder-workers; the holy, glorious great Martyrs George the Victorious, Demetrios the Myrobletes, Theodore the Teron, and Theodore the General, Menas the Wonderworker, the Hieromartyrs Haralambos and Eleftherios; the holy, glorious, and victorious martyrs; the glorious great Martyr and all-laudable Euphemia; the holy and glorious Martyrs Thecla, Barbara, Anastasia, Katherine, Kyriake, Fotene, Marina, Paraskeve and Irene; of our holy God-bearing Fathers; (local patron saint); the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all your Saints. We beseech you, only merciful Lord, hear us sinners who pray to you and have mercy on us.

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

Through the mercy, compassion, and love of mankind of Your only-begotten Son, with whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Ode 1: Octoechos: Canon-1

The Canon

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode i. Mode 1. Heirmos.

Glorified in strength, as divine, * was Your victorious right hand, immortal Lord; * for, being all-powerful, it dashed and shattered the pursuing enemy, * opening a new way across the sea for the Israelites. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

You in the beginning, being God, * with Your immaculate hands fashioned me from dust. * Later You stretched out Your hands when You were crucified, and then called back from earth * my corrupted body, which You assumed from the Virgin, O Lord. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

He who put in me a living soul * through His divine insufflation, gave up His own * soul to death and died for me. And then releasing me from the primeval bonds, * with himself He raised me; with incorruption He glorified me. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

We salute you, Fountainhead of grace: * Rejoice! O heavenly ladder and gate: Rejoice! * Lamp-stand and the golden jar: Rejoice! O mountain that was quarried not: Rejoice! * For the world you gave birth to Christ who is the Giver of life. [SD]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Of old when the Israelite.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Let us sing the praises of the holy Forerunner who appeared from a barren womb, conceived as a prophet from fruitless loins. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

You surpassed the bounds of nature, keeping the laws of righteousness, rebuking lawless intercourse without fearing the bold pride of the king. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

You fed on the milk of the Law, and as its seal you upheld the place of lawful marriage, standing against abhorrent adultery. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The ranks of angels and mankind praise you in song, unwedded Mother, for you carried their Creator in your arms as a child. [OCA]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M ()

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Let us all now extol the divine John, about whom Christ bore witness as being His Forerunner and His friend, and declaring that he was one greater than all men. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Let us all now extol the divine John, that citizen of the desert, who now dwells with the Angels. He is the pride and joy of the new people. [SD]

Glory.

Let us join chorus with the angels for the memory of the Forerunner, and let us cry aloud to Christ: O Christ, by his intercessions, grant peace to Your world. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Theotokos, never cease your entreaties to God the Word, who ineffably took flesh from you, that He may rescue your servants from every tribulation. [SD]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

Moses prefigured the Cross. * Lifting up the rod, he stretched out his hand and split the Sea for Israel to cross on land. * Then he stretched it out again, * and the sea returned and covered Pharaoh's chariots. * The Cross was thus portrayed as our invincible armor. * So let us sing to the Lord, * Christ our God, for He is greatly glorified. [SD]

Ode 3: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode iii. Mode 1. Heirmos.

As You are the only One who knows * our mortal nature's frailty and with compassion assumed the form thereof, * O Savior, gird me with the power from on high, * to cry out that Holy is the animate temple * of Your ineffable glory, O Lover of man. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Benevolent Lord, You are my God, * who pitied me, the fallen one; and in Your good pleasure You came down to me. * Through crucifixion You have exalted me, * to cry out that Holy are You, O Lord of glory, * and unparalleled in Your benevolence. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Christ, being hypostatic life, * my Lord and sympathetic God, * You clothed yourself with me the corrupted one. * When You descended into the dust of death, * you destroyed mortality; and rising on the third day, * You clothed the dead with immortality. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O Virgin, you remained unconsumed, * conceiving God within your womb by the all-holy Spirit’s overshadowing. * To Prophet Moses, the giver of the Law, * the unconsumed burning bush that he saw foreshadowed you, * who would receive in yourself the unbearable fire. [SD]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Lord, You are the firm.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

When Herod was filled with strong drink, the infamous girl said to him: Herod, give me now the head of John on a platter. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The girl danced and pleased sinful Herod. She drew him to have the Forerunner and Preacher killed. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Foolish and miserable transgressor Herod, what boldness from a wanton girl made you commit unjust murder? [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Give us help by your prayers, all-pure Virgin, and drive away the assaults of adversity. [OCA]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (O divine Master Builder.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

As the Mediator between the Old and New Covenants, you were a leader in preaching the Gospel, O Forerunner; and when you denounced the unlawful fornication of the tyrant, you famously went to your death rejoicing. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The young lady, having been instructed beforehand by her lawless mother, said to a drunken Herod in the midst of his bacchanal: Give me the head of John on a platter, so that I may give joy to my mother with the gift she desires. [SD]

Glory.

O glorious Forerunner, your God-protected tongue uttered reproaches which the shameless tyrant could not endure. Thus, he gave your august and renowned head to the young lady as the reward for her vulgar dance. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

You dwelt bodily in the Virgin, and you appeared to mankind as was appropriate for You to be seen. You showed your mother to be the true Theotokos and the help of the faithful, O Lord who alone love humanity. [SD]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

The rod of Aaron is seen as typifying the mystery; * for it budded, and thus was the priest selected. * Now in the Church, that was barren once, the Cross of Christ, like a tree, * has blossomed forth, * as power and a firm support. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

For You are our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

READER

From Octoechos - - -

Resurrectional Kontakion.

You arose from the sepulcher in glory as God, and with yourself resurrected the world. And mortal nature extolled You as God, and death was obliterated, and Adam is dancing, O Master; and Eve, now redeemed from the bonds, rejoices crying out: O Christ, You are He who grants resurrection to all. [SD]

Oikos.

Let us extol, as omnipotent God, the One who rose on the third day, and who smashed the gates of Hades, and who raised from the tomb those who were there from all time, and who was seen by the myrrh-bearing women as He so willed, uttering to them first of all the greeting, Rejoice, and to the Apostles declaring the joy, as the only Giver of life. Therefore in faith the women announce to the Disciples the tokens of victory. And Hades groans, and Death laments, and the world exults and all people rejoice together. For You, O Christ, are He who grants resurrection to all. [GKD]

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (The soldiers.)

Come, faithful, and with a pure conscience ⁄ let us honor the Forerunner, Baptist and prophet of Christ, ⁄ for as a glorious preacher and teacher of repentance ⁄ and wholly true witness of the Savior ⁄ he rebuked the folly of Herod ⁄⁄ and was murdered by being beheaded. [OCA]

Glory. Another.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

The Baptist of the Savior now appears to us, ⁄ bringing spiritual rejoicing to the minds of the faithful. ⁄ He is the adornment of the wilderness and seal of the prophets, ⁄ revealed to be the Forerunner of Christ and true witness of His coming. ⁄ Let us with one accord cry out to John in spiritual songs: ⁄⁄ Prophet and preacher of the truth, intercede for our salvation! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

All the choirs of angels wonder, pure Virgin, ⁄ at the mystery of your awesome childbearing. ⁄ How He, Who by a single movement of His hand holds fast the universe, ⁄ was held in your arms, and as the pre-eternal One, began to be! ⁄ How He, Who in His ineffable goodness feeds every breathing creature ⁄ is fed on milk! ⁄⁄ They praise you and glorify you as the true Theotokos! [OCA]

Ode 4: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode iv. Mode 1. Heirmos.

Habakkuk the Prophet once perceived with foreseeing eyes, * that you would be the mountain overshadowed by the grace of God. * O Virgin, he prophesied that the Holy One of Israel would come from you, * for our salvation and for our refashioning. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Who is this, our Savior, who is coming from Edom now? * He wears a plaited crown of thorns and garments dyed in crimson red, * and He has been crucified. This is the Holy One of Israel, who has come * for our salvation and for our refashioning. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

See and be embarrassed, you people who did not believe. * Out of your minds, you demanded that Pilate crucify the Lord, * as if He were a criminal! But being God, He destroyed the power of death, * and on the third day He rose from the sepulcher. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O Virgin, we know you as the veritable tree of life. * For you did not produce a fruit that would be lethal to mankind * when eaten illicitly, but One that gives the enjoyment of eternal life, * for the salvation of us now extolling you. [SD]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (You are my strength.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

A man subject to the penalties of the Law, ⁄ unable to endure its severity or divine boldness, ⁄ disfigured by the wantonness of lust, ⁄ kept and bound John, who before his end ⁄ was already united spiritually to the choirs on high. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Sick with drink and unbridled passion, ⁄ the wretched betrayer, bound by the song and dance of a girl, ⁄ became the murderer of the Prophet. ⁄ For conceiving drunkenness, the mother of lust, ⁄ he brought forth a deep sin. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Truly, the divine voice has not lied in you! For, most outstanding dove among prophets, ⁄ you were counted worthy of prophecies from the very womb, ⁄ in a body not yet completed: ⁄ you prophesied of God the Word, ⁄ Whom you saw and baptized in the flesh. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

You are the boast of the faithful, unwedded dove: ⁄ the advocate, refuge, rampart and haven of Christians, ⁄ for you carry prayer for all to your Son, spotless Virgin, ⁄ and save from danger those who acknowledge you with faith and love ⁄ to be the Theotokos. [OCA]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The Prophet understood.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O all-blessed John, the servant of Christ, Herod was unable to withstand your reproaches, so he implemented your unjust murder, for he was unashamed of your eminence. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The unrighteous king unlawfully condemns you to death and leads you away, O all-blest Prophet, in a bacchanalia of drunkenness and frenzied passion, for he was unashamed of your eminence. [SD]

Glory.

Under the power of the words of the young lady, the ungodly and terrible Herod truly gives a gift to the adulteress: your head, O Prophet, from which gushes forth grace to us all. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O holy Theotokos, receive from us these salutations: Rejoice, you who bore the joy of the whole world! Rejoice, the sole defense of all men, O blessed Theotokos most-pure! [SD]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

I have heard the report, O Lord, * of Your incarnation, which is a mystery. * I considered Your astounding works, * and I glorified Your divinity. [SD]

Ode 5: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode v. Mode 1. Heirmos.

By the brightness of Your coming You enlightened the world, O Christ, * by the power of Your Cross you illumined the ends thereof. * With the light of knowing You as God enlighten now the hearts of * those who extol You with Orthodox faith. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

When the people in Judea had the Shepherd of the sheep * put to death upon the Cross, He the great God and Lord of all * went to Hades, where the dead like sheep were buried, and He saved them * and rescued them from the realm of death. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

By Your Cross You went to Hades and proclaimed the Gospel of peace, * O my Savior, and pronounced forgiveness on the captives there. * By Your divine rising, O Christ, You embarrassed him who held them, * for he was stripped and bereft of all. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Disregard not the petitions of those who pray faithfully, * but accept them, O immaculate Lady extolled by all, * and present them to your Son and God, the only Benefactor; * for we have you as our patroness. [SD]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Why reject me.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

At a mother's instructions, ⁄ the most cruel whelp of the grasping lioness ⁄ begged as prize for her devilish and evil dancing ⁄ the head of the Forerunner and preacher ⁄ honored by all the wild beasts of the wilderness! [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

How beyond reach and understanding ⁄ are Your judgments, Lover of mankind! ⁄ By her dancing, the wanton girl ⁄ has won him who was revealed as the receiver of the Spirit ⁄ while still in his mother's womb, ⁄ and who grew up in wisdom and purity. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Loving your own dear and disgraceful union, ⁄ you added the destruction of the prophet ⁄ to drinking on your birthday. ⁄ With love of lust you mingled a cup filled with prophetic and holy blood. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Since you have the boldness of a Mother towards your Son, ⁄ we entreat you, all-pure Virgin, ⁄ do not turn from the thought of your kindred, ⁄ for we Christians place you as an advocate in whom He is well pleased ⁄ before the Master! [OCA]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (We rise at early morn.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The young lady, through trickery, was given as payment for her dance the head of the Forerunner on a platter. O, the folly! [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The adulteress was thrilled and conceited, O herald of God, as blood dripped from your head. O, the folly! [SD]

Glory.

Though thinking he had silenced your tongue, O all-praised one, Herod is more reproached by its silence. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Theotokos, you bore God the Logos in the flesh for the world, and after childbirth remained a virgin. Therefore we extol you. [SD]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

Tree of the Cross, you are thrice-blessed, * for Jesus Christ, who is King and Lord, was crucified on you. * Through you fallen is the one who by a tree deceived us, * for he was lured by God who in the flesh indeed * was hung and nailed to you, * and who grants to our souls His peace. [SD]

Ode 6: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode vi. Mode 1. Heirmos.

The lowest depth encircles us, like Jonah said, * and there is no deliverer. * We are counted as sheep for slaughter, O Lord. * Save Your people, for You are our only God. * You are our strength, and You restore us, the weak and broken down. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The first-created man's mistake in Paradise * had seriously wounded us. * For this reason You were wounded for our sake, * Lord, and by Your bruise we have been healed, O Christ. * You are our strength, and You restore us, the weak and broken down. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

You brought us up from Hades, which is likened to * a whale that is omnivorous, * and which You who are omnipotent subdued. * You destroyed its power by Your might, O Lord. * For You are life and light, O Christ, and the resurrection of all. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O Virgin all-immaculate, in you rejoice * the human race's ancestors; * for through you they are enjoying once again * Eden, which they lost through disobedience. * O Lady, chaste were you before and after your childbirth. [SD]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Be gracious to me.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

You brought yourself into danger, blessed John, ⁄ for the commandments of the Law, ⁄ teaching the transgressor by rebukes. ⁄ He was shown to be a reed shaken by the wind of contrary spirits. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Even after the end, ⁄ your head, offered as a prize in a lustful contest, ⁄ reproached Herod for having a vile nature. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Walking in the wilderness covered with camel's hair, ⁄ you lived there as a king, shining with light. ⁄ you wore beauty there, and reigned over the passions. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Pure Theotokos, ⁄ let our serious offences be destroyed. ⁄ May we obtain divine illumination from the Son of God ⁄ Who was ineffably made flesh of you, pure Virgin. [OCA]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (I pray… grant.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Gushing forth teachings divine for the fullness of the faithful, O glorious John, you announced to us the Lamb of God. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

As you stand near Christ, O Forerunner, do not neglect those who extol you, the true exemplar of dignity and of the strict life. [SD]

Glory.

O Forerunner and Prophet and Baptizer of Christ, grant peace to the world through your prayers, and guard our souls from any danger. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

We pray you, who by a word alone bore the Word within your womb, to deliver our souls from the entrapments of the foe. [SD]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

In the belly of the sea beast * the prophet Jonah prayed with his arms extended crosswise; * thus he clearly prefigured the saving Passion of Christ. * When after three days he emerged, * he was depicting the supernal resurrection from the dead * of Christ God, who was physically nailed to the Cross * and by His third-day arising illumined the universe. [SD]

Ode 6: Short Litany

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

For You are the King of peace and the savior of our souls, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

Kontakion. For the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 1.

The Forerunner's glorious decapitation occurred out of divine dispensation, so that even to those in Hades he should declare the coming of the Savior. Therefore, mourn, O Herodias, who asked for unlawful murder: The law of God, nor the living age did she love, but one contrived and fleeting. [GKD]

Oikos.

Herod's birthday festivities seemed to all unhallowed, for in the midst of the debauchers, the head of the Faster was like a meaty dish presented. Sadness joined to joy, and with laughter, wailing bitter blended; for as the girl entered in before all, bearing on a platter the brow of the Baptist through mad desire, as it says, lamentation fell likewise on the king and all the banqueters. For it did not delight them, nor Herod himself, it says; and they were dampened with a sadness that wasn't real, but one contrived and fleeting. [GKD]

It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On August 29 we commemorate the beheading of the precious Head of the glorious Prophet and Forerunner Saint John the Baptist.

By the intercessions of Your Forerunner, O Christ, have mercy and save us. Amen.

Ode 7: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode vii. Mode 1. Heirmos.

We who believe know you as the spiritual * furnace, O Mother of our God. * For your highly exalted Son, who once saved those servants three, * in your womb refashioned me and humanity entirely. * He is the God of our fathers, supremely praised and glorious. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Earth shook with fear, and the sun was horrified; * it turned away and hid its light. * Torn in two was the sacred curtain of the Temple of God. * The earth quacked and rocks were split; * for crucified was the Righteous One, * who is the God of our fathers, supremely praised and glorious. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Lord, You became like a slain and helpless man, * thrown down, yet free among the dead. * You, the highly exalted Lord, suffered voluntarily, * freed all our humanity, * and raised us with yourself by Your mighty hand. * You are the God of our fathers, supremely praised and glorious. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

We sing "Rejoice," and salute you fittingly. * Rejoice, O Garden of delight! * Fortress of the faithful, rejoice! * Spring of ever-living drink, rejoice! Universal joy, * rejoice! O Virgin Mother, through you to us * shone forth the God of our fathers, supremely praised and glorious. [SD]

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The fire in Babylon.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

While you were fully armed with wanton desire and heavy drunkenness, wicked Herod ⁄ you came up against the Baptist of Christ: ⁄ the unshaken tower of abstinence and prudence destroyed you ⁄ for he was a city that could not be taken. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

You shone forth as a heralding light; as an angel. ⁄ As prophet you preached the Lamb of God who appeared as Christ. ⁄ As martyr, you were beheaded by the sword, ⁄ and you went before to announce Him to those in hell. [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The girl taught by the devil did not fear or weaken, ⁄ nor was she numb as she carried your precious head on a platter, ⁄ her mind beguiled by her mother's advances. [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

We are delivered from the condemnation of the ancient fall ⁄ by your childbearing, Virgin Mother, ⁄ and together with your Son who gave you to us as a means of deliverance ⁄ we ever glorify you as the manifest cause of our freedom. [OCA]

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (Servants, descendants.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

As the morning-star foretokens the rising of the Sun, so John, the servant of the Coming of the Master, hastens to Hades, crying aloud: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, unto the ages! [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O, the folly of Herod! He gives to the degenerate wench as a toy the one who is the bodily equal of the angels, who sings thusly: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, unto the ages! [SD]

Glory.

“As I pray for the Church,” shouts the Forerunner to the Master, “accept me, O Holy of Holies, as I cry aloud: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, unto the ages!” [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

You halted the onslaught of death by conceiving and bearing the deathless God, O Pure One. To Him we all sing: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, unto the ages! [SD]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

The impious tyrant's preposterous decree disturbed the populace, * breathing threats and blasphemous pronouncements hateful to God. * His brutal anger did not intimidate * the three Servants, nor did the consuming fire. * But when the dew-laden breeze whistled against the fire, they joined it and together sang, * "Blessed are You, O Lord. You are highly praised, O God, the God of our fathers." [SD]

Ode 8: Octoechos: Canon-1

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode viii. Mode 1. Heirmos.

Three young men of Israel were thrown * into the blazing furnace, * as if they were being smelted. * Shining brighter than pure gold with beauty of piety, * they sang, "Bless the Lord, all you works; to the Lord sing a hymn * and exalt Him beyond measure unto all the ages." [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

You create all things as You so will, * and You also transform them. * O Word of God, by Your Passion * You turned the shadow of death into eternal life, O Lord. * We unceasingly, with all of Your works, unto You sing a hymn * and exalt You beyond measure unto all the ages. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Rising on the third day from the tomb, * You ended the perdition * and misery in the gates and strongholds of Hades, O Christ. * And therefore do all Your works * now unceasingly bless You as Lord and unto You sing a hymn * and exalt You beyond measure unto all the ages. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Let us sing in praise of her who bore * that pearl of greatest value, * ineffably from God's lightning without seeding, namely Christ. * Extolling her, let us say * to Him, "Bless the Lord, all you works; to the Lord sing a hymn * and exalt Him beyond measure unto all the ages." [SD]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-1

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The tyrant king.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The one who came before Your birth and divine Passion, ⁄ is by a sword, in the depths of the earth. ⁄ The Prophet and Messenger of Your descent to there, ⁄ John cries as the Voice of the Word: ⁄ Dead, exalt the Giver of Life; blind, the Giver of light! ⁄ Prisoners, exalt Christ as the Deliverer above all forever! [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

You, who came from a barren mother as forerunner to the virgin birth, ⁄ now, by your beheading, have become the precursor ⁄ of the voluntary crucifixion of the Creator of all. ⁄ And to those in Hades you cry out: ⁄ Dead, exalt the Giver of Life; blind, the Giver of light! ⁄ Prisoners, exalt Christ as the Deliverer above all forever! [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Your head, Forerunner, was cut from your body, ⁄ and your soul which had led it, was parted from it. ⁄ But the divine nature never parted from the flesh of Emmanuel; ⁄ not one bone of the God and Master was broken. ⁄ Therefore we exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Most pure Lady, the Mother of the Lord, ⁄ by your compassionate intercessions, ⁄ purify the open wounds and sores of my soul. ⁄ Raise me up and save me, fallen as the Prodigal, spotless Virgin. ⁄ for you are my advocate and only defence, ⁄ pure and ever-blessed One! [OCA]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The tyrant king.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

In the carousals and debauchery of his birthday, the accursed and lawless tyrant Herod swears with oaths that he will grant every request of the young lady, thus preparing her for her dance; and she, following her mother’s instructions, asks for the head of the Forerunner on a platter. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

For the charge of bloodguiltiness, Herod, that miserable wretch, inherits for himself the endless divine retribution exacted on transgressors; for the head of the Forerunner is carried to the table like food, and it reproaches him and Herodias, unto all the ages. [SD]

Glory.

O blessed John, the highest of the Prophets, and the radiant Forerunner and Apostle of the Lord, guard by your prayers those who, with longing, celebrate your brilliant and light-bearing memory as they shout: O you Servants, bless Christ; O priests, extol Him; O people, exalt Him, unto all the ages. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

In bearing the Holy of Holies, O all-holy Lady, you were made more holy than the Angels; for in His pity for us, He truly became a man, without confusion, to save those who ceaselessly shout: O you Servants, bless Christ; O priests, extol Him; O people, exalt Him, unto all the ages. [SD]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

You three pious Servants, * same in number as the Trinity, * bless God the Father, Maker of all; * sing a hymn to the Word who condescended * and who changed the fire in the furnace into dew; * as for the all-holy Spirit, who gives life to all, exalt It * beyond measure unto the ages. [SD]

It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the singing of Ode ix.

DEACON

Let us honor and magnify in song the Theotokos and the Mother of the light.

CHOIR

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode 1.

Verse: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Canon for the Resurrection.

Ode ix. Mode 1. Heirmos.

Burning, yet remaining unconsumed, * the bush revealed a type of your virgin childbirth. * And now we entreat that you extinguish the wild fire * of temptations, for it is engulfing us, * all-holy Theotokos, * and we will magnify you ceaselessly. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Oh, how could those disobedient, * unlawful people take evil counsel and decide * to release a man who was a barbarous criminal, * and condemn to a cross Christ the righteous One! * He is the Lord of glory, * and we now magnify Him worthily. [SD]

Glory to Your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Savior, the all-blameless Lamb of God, * who took away the sin of the world, we glorify * You and Your divine Father and Spirit, the Trinity, * our theology sound, magnifying You, * O Christ, the Lord of glory, * who on the third day arose from the dead. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Save, O Lord, Your people that with Your * most precious blood You purchased; and give our governments * the might to defend us from all enemies. In Your love * for humanity, grant unanimity * and peace to all Your Churches, * at the entreaties of the Mother of God. [SD]

Canon 1 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (All hearers.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The gathering of evil men, and their advocate the devil ⁄ feared your tongue that spoke of God and proclaimed Christ, Prophet, ⁄ and through the wanton girl, Herod submitted and beheaded you: ⁄ but we faithful magnify you! [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The valleys of humble nature were exalted, ⁄ and the hills brought low through the arrogance of death, ⁄ for the Voice that had cried in the wilderness ⁄ called to light those who were dwelling in hell: ⁄ Open wide, you gates, for the King of Glory shall enter! [OCA]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Mankind's passions tremble, and demons run in fear ⁄ at the overshadowing of grace given you by God, ⁄ but, Forerunner of the Lord, from both of those temptations ⁄ deliver the flock that ever magnifies you! [OCA]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Son of the Theotokos: ⁄ go forth, ride prosperously and reign. ⁄ Place the forces of Ishmael that fight against us, beneath our feet, ⁄ and grant victory to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries ⁄ by the intercessions of her who bore You, Word of God. [OCA]

Canon 2 for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. N/M (The heavens.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Shining forth in the desert as a Prophet born from a Prophet, O Baptist, you were the voice that cried aloud, calling all to repentance, and reproaching Herod for his vulgar licentiousness; and for this, you ran ahead to those in Hades, proclaiming the Kingdom of our God. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

The cruel and wanton young lady, encouraged by her mother Herodias, requested of Herod that he might chop off the holy head of the Baptist. Then Herod quickly ordered that it be served like food in a dish, and offered as though a gift, which itself reproached his folly. [SD]

Glory.

O Forerunner, since you are the Martyr and Prophet and Baptizer of the Lord, His voice and light and Angel, and the greatest of His prophets, as God Himself declared, entreat Him that He may deliver from every assault and temptation of the enemy those who, with yearning, keep your splendid memory . [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

The good Word flowed out from the heart of the Father before all ages, since He is good; and you, O Virgin, became the Mother of God by bodily bearing Him in a manner surpassing nature, for we now understand that He transcends all bodies, even though He is arrayed in a body. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode pl. 4.

Theotokos, you are mystical Paradise, * for without husbandry you have blossomed Christ, * by whom on earth the Cross, as a life-bearing tree, has been planted and watered. * As it is now exalted, * we adore Him and worship Him and magnify you. [SD]

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

For all the powers of heaven praise You and give You glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Mode 2.

Holy is the Lord our God. (2) [SAAS]

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at the footstool of His feet.

For He is holy.

From Octoechos - - -

Exaposteilarion.

Eothinon 10.

Mode 2. On the mountain.

At the Sea of Tiberias * did Peter with Nathaniel * also the sons of Zebedee * and two other disciples and Thomas of old go fishing. * At Christ's command they let down * on the right side the net and caught * a great number of fish. Recognizing Him, * Peter sprang to meet Him. This was the third time * that He appeared to them, and showed * bread and fish on the charcoals. [SD]

For the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. With the disciples.

On him renowned as greatest among the Prophets, * who was selected prior to the Apostles, * let us place a crown of sacred hymns of praise, * for he was grace's Forerunner, * and he defended the Lord's Law; * and therefore he was beheaded. [SD]

Another.

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

That lecherous King Herod, * through treachery, beheaded you, * the Savior's Prophet and Baptist * and promoter of chastity. * But he could in no way cut off * your tongue's denunciations. [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 3. Having embellished heaven.

O pure one, through you was lifted * the ancient curse upon the world, * by your divine childbirth. * Now we your flock pray you with faith, * that by your intercessions * you rescue us from every danger. [SD]

Lauds. Mode 1.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

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Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light.

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord's name.

For He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.

He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps.

Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word.

Mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars.

Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds.

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth.

Young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord's name, for His name alone is exalted.

His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people.

A hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones.

Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King.

Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him.

For the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation.

The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds.

The high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.

To deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples.

To shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.

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Resurrectional Stichera.

Mode 1.

To fulfill among them the written judgment: this glory have all His holy ones. [SAAS]

O Christ, we praise in song Your saving Passion, and Your resurrection do we glorify. [SD]

Mode 1.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power. [SAAS]

You endured crucifixion and abolished death and resurrected from the dead. Do therefore now bring peace into our life, O Lord, as the only Almighty One. [SD]

Mode 1.

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. [SAAS]

You stripped Hades of plunder, and humanity You resurrected by Your resurrection, O Christ. Do therefore now account us worthy with a pure heart to praise You and glorify. [SD]

Mode 1.

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre. [SAAS]

We glorify Your divine condescension, and we sing Your praise, O Christ. You were born of a Virgin, and from the Father You remained inseparable. You suffered as a man and voluntarily endured the Cross. As one emerging from a bridal chamber, You rose from the sepulcher, in order to save the world. Glory to You, O Lord. [SD]

For the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. What a paradoxal.

Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute. [SAAS]

What a paradoxal miracle! * The Prophet John's sacred head, * which the Angels revere in awe, * was paraded round about * by a wanton licentious girl. * To her adulterous mother she offered it: * with it, the tongue that accused the lawless king. * Oh, the ineffable * forbearance You showed, O lover of mankind! * Therefore save our souls, O Christ * alone compassionate. [SD]

Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

What a paradoxal miracle! * The Prophet John's sacred head, * which the Angels revere in awe, * was paraded round about * by a wanton licentious girl. * To her adulterous mother she offered it: * with it, the tongue that accused the lawless king. * Oh, the ineffable * forbearance You showed, O lover of mankind! * Therefore save our souls, O Christ * alone compassionate. [SD]

Verse: The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree; he shall be multiplied like the cedar in Lebanon. [SAAS]

Such was the hardness of Herod's heart! * For while dishonoring God * by refusing to keep the Law, * he deceitfully pretends * that he honors the oaths he makes; * and he adds murder to his adultery, * and then he feigns a dejected countenance. * Oh, the ineffable * tender mercy You, O Master, have for us! * Therefore save our souls, O Christ * alone compassionate. [SD]

Verse: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him. [SAAS]

What an appalling atrocity! * The very Angel on earth * and the seal of the Prophets all * has been shown to be the prize * for the dance of a prostitute. * The tongue that utters the words of God is sent * to those in Hades, foretelling them of Christ. * Oh, the ineffable * providence that You, O Master, have for all! * Therefore save our souls, O Christ * alone compassionate. [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 2.

Once again Herodias is in a rage; once again she is troubled. Oh, dance full of treachery; oh, drinking party of deceit! The Baptist was decapitated, and Herod was agitated. At the intercession of Your Forerunner, O Lord, grant peace to our souls. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

You are supremely blessed, O Virgin Theotokos. For through Him who from you became incarnate was Hades taken prisoner, and Adam has been summoned back; the curse has been neutralized, and Eve has been liberated; death has been put to death, and we have been brought to life. Therefore extolling we cry out: O Christ our God, You are blessed, for so was Your good pleasure. Glory to You! [SD]

It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the Great Doxology.

Great Doxology

Glory be to You who showed the light. Glory in the highest to God. His peace is on earth, His good pleasure in mankind. [SD]

We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory.

Lord King, heavenly God, Father, Ruler over all; Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and You, O Holy Spirit.

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, You who take away the sins of the world.

Accept our supplication, You who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

For You alone are holy, You alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Every day I will bless You, and Your name will I praise to eternity, and to the ages of ages.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, that we be kept without sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name to the ages. Amen.

Let Your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we have set our hope on You.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

Lord, I have fled to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we shall see light.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

After the Doxology, sing the following Resurrectional Troparion.

Mode 4. (or the Mode of the week)

Today has salvation come to pass in the world. Let us sing to Him who resurrected from the tomb and is the Author of our life. For, destroying death by death, He gave us the victory and the great mercy. [SD]

DEACON

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

Again we pray for (episcopal rank) (name).

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

Again we pray for our brethren: the priests, the hieromonks, the hierodeacons, the monastics, and all our brotherhood in Christ.

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

( Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. )

PRIEST

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask the Lord.

( Grant this, O Lord. )

For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.

( Grant this, O Lord. )

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask the Lord.

( Grant this, O Lord. )

For that which is good and beneficial for our souls, and for peace for the world, let us ask the Lord.

( Grant this, O Lord. )

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

( Grant this, O Lord. )

And let us ask for a Christian end to our life, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ.

( Grant this, O Lord. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

( Amen. )

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

( And with your spirit. )

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST (in a low voice)

O Holy Lord, Who dwell on high and look upon the humble, and Who with Your all-seeing eye do behold all creation: to You have we bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we implore You, O Holy of Holies, stretch forth Your invisible hand from Your holy dwelling place and bless us all. And if in any way we have sinned, either willingly or unwillingly, pardon us, inasmuch as You are good, and You love mankind, granting us Your good things in this age and in the age to come.

PRIEST

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

( Amen. )

DEACON

Wisdom.

( Father, bless! )

PRIEST

Blessed are You, Christ our God, always now and forever and to the ages of ages. ( Amen. )

Make firm, Lord our God, the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy Church and this city forever.

READER

Amen.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3) Father, bless!

Dismissal

PRIEST

May He Who rose from the dead, Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, whose memory we celebrate; of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

Conclusion, i.e. "Through the prayers…"

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us [and save us].

( Amen. )