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Menaion - January 7

Synaxis in Honor of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

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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.

Apolytikion of the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

As You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, then the worship of the Trinity became manifest, for the voice of the Father bore witness to You, naming You the Beloved Son; and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ God, who appeared and illumined the world, glory to You. [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.

Apolytikion of the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

As You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, then the worship of the Trinity became manifest, for the voice of the Father bore witness to You, naming You the Beloved Son; and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ God, who appeared and illumined the world, glory to You. [SD]

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.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. The stone had been secured.

When Jesus, who was born of the holy Virgin Mary, * was being baptized by John in the River Jordan, * the Spirit descended on Him, * appearing in the form of a dove. * And therefore the Prophet cried out and said * together with the Angels: * Glory to Your advent, O Christ; * glory to Your kingdom; * glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

When Jesus, who was born of the holy Virgin Mary, * was being baptized by John in the River Jordan, * the Spirit descended on Him, * appearing in the form of a dove. * And therefore the Prophet cried out and said * together with the Angels: * Glory to Your advent, O Christ; * glory to Your kingdom; * glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind. [SD]

Kathisma II.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. You appeared today.

When he saw You in the streams * of River Jordan * being baptized willingly, * the great Forerunner cried aloud * to You, O Christ, and with gladness said: * You came and shone forth, O Light unapproachable. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

When he saw You in the streams * of River Jordan * being baptized willingly, * the great Forerunner cried aloud * to You, O Christ, and with gladness said: * You came and shone forth, O Light unapproachable. [SD]

READER

Psalm 50 (51).

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. [SAAS]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-1

CHOIR

Ode i.

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. Heirmos (not metered).

The Lord mighty in battle ⁄ uncovered the foundations of the deep and led his servants on dry ground ⁄ while He covered their adversaries with the waters, ⁄ for He has been glorified! [OCA]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Lord, the King of the ages, ⁄ renewed corrupted Adam, in the streams of Jordan. ⁄ He shattered the heads of the dragons hidden there, ⁄ for He has been glorified! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Lord, incarnate of the Virgin, ⁄ having clothed material flesh with the immaterial fire of His divinity, ⁄ wraps Himself in the waters of Jordan, ⁄ for He has been glorified! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Lord who purges out the filth of men, ⁄ was cleansed in the Jordan for their sake. ⁄ Of His own will, He made Himself like them, ⁄ while yet remaining what He was. ⁄ He enlightens those in darkness, ⁄ for He has been glorified! [OCA]

Ode 1: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (Let us sing to the Lord.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

I am immersed in the stormy waters of my passions, O Forerunner; come and save me by your intercessions. For you became a holy and most pure vessel of dispassion, since you were dedicated to the Lord from the beginning as an infant. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O all-blessed John, the Angel who stands in the presence of God joyfully announced the birth of you, the peer of angels who would become the Lord's Forerunner and friend, to Zacharias your venerable father as he served as a priest. [SD]

Glory.

O all-venerable Prophet, you were filled with the All-holy Spirit while you were being carried in your mother's womb; and you joyfully made known the Fruit of virginity when you leapt with delight and worshiped Him. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O pure and all-blameless Virgin, the sacred temple of virginity, who conceived God the Logos in your womb, by your intercessions, save us who run to you and pray to you, and deliver us from attacks and danger. [SD]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 2.

Israel treaded on the sea's swelling billow, * which had been rendered once again into dry land. * Then the dark waters concealed all the Egyptian * riders together, as a tomb laid in water, * by the mighty strength of the right of the Master. [SD]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode iii.

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

The Lord who gives strength to our kings ⁄ and exalts the horn of his anointed, ⁄ is born of a Virgin and comes to Baptism. ⁄ Therefore let us, the faithful, cry aloud: ⁄ None is holy as our God ⁄ and none is righteous but You, O Lord! [OCA]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Rejoice today, O Church of Christ! ⁄ Before you were barren and sadly childless; ⁄ now through water and the Spirit sons have been born to you ⁄ and they cry aloud in faith: ⁄ None is holy as our God ⁄ and none is righteous but You, O Lord! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Rejoice today, O Church of Christ! ⁄ Before you were barren and sadly childless; ⁄ now through water and the Spirit sons have been born to you ⁄ and they cry aloud in faith: ⁄ None is holy as our God ⁄ and none is righteous but You, O Lord! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Forerunner cries out in the wilderness: ⁄ Prepare the way of Christ; make straight the pathways for our God ⁄ and cry aloud in faith: ⁄ None is holy as our God ⁄ and none is righteous but You, O Lord! [OCA]

Ode 3: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (You strengthened me.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Forerunner of the Lord, and initiate of grace, O all-acclaimed companion of the Angels, you cancelled the reproach of barrenness, and you recognized the Virgin's divine Child, and you leapt for joy in your mother's womb. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O Prophet who were preferred above all, you came before the Lord and prepared His ways; for, you were the lamp shining on all, and in the water you revealed Him to be the effulgence of the Father's glory, when He appeared in a body. [SD]

Glory.

O John, you rose like the break of day, declaring the Sun of Righteousness to those in darkness; for you became the herald and Forerunner of the salvation of all, and you said to all: Come to Christ with faith and be saved. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Mother of God, you received inexpressible joy, and without seed you conceived your Master, Who was calling back to Himself the entire earth. We shout to Him: No one is holy except for you You, O Lord. [SD]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 2.

From the ancient snares of the gluttonous lions, * whose teeth are broken, we all have been delivered. * Let us exult, then, and our mouth let us widen, * weaving melody from words unto the Logos, * whose delight it is to bestow gifts upon us. [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.)

Secondary Kontakion

READER

From Menaion - - -

Kontakion of the Feast.

Mode 4. Automelon.

You appeared today to us * on earth, O Master, * and Your light was signed on us * who cry aloud to You and say * with understanding, O Christ our God: You came and shone forth, O Light unapproachable. [SD]

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1. N/M (The soldiers.)

The Lord, like a great rain, comes in the flesh to the streams of the river, wishing to be baptized. The godly Forerunner was amazed, and he spoke to Him, "How can I baptize You, who have no defilement? How can I lay my hand on Your divine head, of which all things are in awe?" [SD]

Glory. Both now. Another.

Mode 4. N/M (Joseph marveled.)

Our incomprehensible God voluntarily came down to earth and became incarnate for us, as He was well pleased to do; and He who is our illumination accepted to be baptized. At that time, the Forerunner said to Him, "O Savior, I dare not touch Your head, for I see that Your are incomprehensible, O Lord. Glory to You, O Logos, for You order all things for our benefit." [SD]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode iv.

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Lord, the one You called the Voice of one crying in the wilderness, ⁄ heard Your voice when You thundered on many waters. ⁄ He bore witness to Your Son! ⁄ Wholly filled with the coming Spirit, he cried aloud: ⁄ You are Christ, the Wisdom and the Power of God! [OCA]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Who has seen the Sun, bright by nature, being cleansed? ⁄ Then how, cried the Preacher, Shall I wash You in the waters? ⁄ You are the brightness of the glory, ⁄ the Image of the everlasting Father! ⁄ How shall I who am grass with my hand touch the divine fire? ⁄ For You are Christ, the Wisdom and the Power of God! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Moses, when he encountered You, ⁄ manifested the holy reverence he felt: ⁄ He heard Your voice from the bush and turned away his gaze at once! ⁄ Then how shall I behold You openly? ⁄ How shall I lay my hand upon You? ⁄ For You are Christ, the Wisdom and the Power of God! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

I am endowed with an understanding soul ⁄ and honored with the power of reason, ⁄ yet I respect the things that have no soul. ⁄ If I baptize You, I shall have as my accusers the mountain that smoked with fire, ⁄ the sea which fled on either side, and this same Jordan which turned back. ⁄ For You are Christ, the Wisdom and the Power of God! [OCA]

Ode 4: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M ()

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O all-venerable John, you were sent ahead by the Master, to wash with water those who were stained, and to prepare them to receive Christ, who takes away sin and drives away error with the radiance of the knowledge of God. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O blessed John, you baptized Christ in the waters of the Jordan, wherein He as Savior crushed the wickedness of the dragons that was lurking there. Entreat Him to cure me of the poison of the dragon's bite. [SD]

Glory.

O herald of Christ, you went forth, adorned with the wisdom of God. You became the voice of one crying out, which said, "Repent!" And as a Prophet you foretold of Him who said that you were the greatest of all men. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-pure Virgin, the Lord and fashioner of all things is formed like we are; for He entered your all-holy womb, and He clothed Himself with the form of man and rescued His image. [SD]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 2.

Once purged by the fire of mystical vision, * the Prophet, hymning the renewal of mortals, * cried in a loud voice energized by the Spirit, * telling the ineffable Word's incarnation. * He it is who crushed the power of the princes. [SD]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode v.

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Jesus, the Prince of life, ⁄ has come to set loose from condemnation the first-formed man! ⁄ Though as God He needs no cleansing, ⁄ for the sake of fallen man He is cleansed in the Jordan! ⁄ In its streams He slew the enmity ⁄ and grants peace past all understanding. [OCA]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

A multitude without number came to be baptized by John. ⁄ Standing in their midst he raised his voice and said: ⁄ Disobedient ones, who warned you to flee the wrath to come? ⁄ Offer worthy fruits to Christ, ⁄ for He is present now, granting peace. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

A multitude without number came to be baptized by John. ⁄ Standing in their midst he raised his voice and said: ⁄ Disobedient ones, who warned you to flee the wrath to come? ⁄ Offer worthy fruits to Christ, ⁄ for He is present now, granting peace. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Husbandman and Creator ⁄ stands in men's midst as one of them and searches their hearts. ⁄ In His hand He takes the winnowing fan; ⁄ in the fullness of His wisdom He cleanses the threshing floor of the universe, ⁄ dividing the wheat from the chaff, burning the barren. ⁄ He grants eternal life to those who bring forth good fruit! [OCA]

Ode 5: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M ()

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O Forerunner, you were arrayed with the light of supernatural virtue, and inspired from heaven, you came to the Jordan River, and you baptized and cleansed through water those who approached you with wholehearted faith. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

When it was time for you to baptize the pure and undefiled Light, you proved to be a vessel of purity; for you were chosen by Him as being greater than all men, and most honorable of the Prophets, for you were counted worthy to see the One about whom they had prophesied. [SD]

Glory.

The Forerunner, who was sent before the face of the Lord, and shows men His straight paths, trembling touches the Master's head and baptizes Him, saying, "I know no other God except for You." [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Virgin, your Son proved to be the Son of God as well, and as God He accomplished mighty deeds by His will alone. We all therefore truly and properly call you the Theotokos, for we know no other Mother of God except for you. [SD]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 2.

The Spirit's cleansing has washed away from us now * the dark and dirty enemy's poison venom. * Therefore we have landed on a new unerring * path, which leads to happiness that has no access, * save to them whom God to himself reconciled. [SD]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode vi.

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

The voice of the Word, the candlestick of the Light, ⁄ the morning star and Forerunner of the Sun, ⁄ cried in the wilderness to all the peoples: ⁄ Repent and be cleansed while there is yet time. ⁄ for look, Christ is at hand, delivering the world from corruption. [OCA]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Christ was begotten without change from God the Father, ⁄ and took flesh without defilement from the Virgin; ⁄ and as the Forerunner teaches, ⁄ it is not possible to loose the latchet of His shoes: ⁄ the bond that joins the Word to our nature. ⁄ He is the One who delivers the earth-born from error. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Christ was begotten without change from God the Father, ⁄ and took flesh without defilement from the Virgin; ⁄ and as the Forerunner teaches, ⁄ it is not possible to loose the latchet of His shoes: ⁄ the bond that joins the Word to our nature. ⁄ He is the One who delivers the earth-born from error. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Christ baptizes in the fire of the last Day ⁄ the disobedient who do not believe that He is God. ⁄ But to all who acknowledge His divinity ⁄ He grants a new birth through the Spirit ⁄ and by the grace that comes through water ⁄ He delivers them all from their faults. [OCA]

Ode 6: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (In the sea now.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O Forerunner, you the voice of the Word came forth, and you the morning star rose, and thus you clearly announced the Sun of Righteousness. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O all-blessed John, you ignored earthly cares and were rich in heavenly hopes; thus you passed your life on earth like an Angel. [SD]

Glory.

We know you as the seal of the Prophets, for you stand between the Old and New Covenants. We also declare that you are the Baptist and Forerunner of Christ our Savior. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O only Bride of God, your conception is truly inexplicable, and all the faithful know and believe your ineffable and incomprehensible childbirth. [SD]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 2.

With the blessed utterance proclaimed the Father * Him He produced from the womb His beloved Son. * Yes, He said, this is My own connatural offspring, * splendor of My light, now also borne of mankind, * both My living Word, and by providence mortal. [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.)

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

From Menaion - - -

READER

Kontakion.

Mode pl. 2.

Jordan, alarmed by your physical presence, in trembling receded. John, performing the spiritual service, in fear retreated. The orders of Angels were astonished, as they saw You in flesh being baptized in the river; and all who sat in darkness were shined on, and extolled You the One who appeared and illumined everything. [GKD]

Oikos.

To Adam who in Eden became blind, the Sun has in Bethlehem appeared, and it opened his eyes after washing them in the waters of the Jordan. To him who was blackened and darkened before, a light has arisen that never goes out. No longer is it night for him, but always day. For his sake the Daybreak has been born. For as it was written, he hid in the cool of the day; but he found the Dawn that raises him up who had fallen at evening. He is rid of the darkness and has reached the Morn, which appeared and illumined everything. [GKD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On January 7 is the Synaxis in honor of the holy and glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. Coinciding with this was the transfer of his all-precious and holy hand to Constantinople.

The holy new Hieromartyr Romanos of Lacedaemonia, from the town of Diminitzi, witnessed in Byzantium in the year 1695 and died by the sword.

We also commemorate the holy Neomartyr Athanasios, who was from Attaleia, but witnessed in Smyrna in the year 1700.

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

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-1

CHOIR

Ode vii.

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. Heirmos (not metered).

The breath of the wind heavy with dew ⁄ and the descent of the angel of God ⁄ preserved the holy children from harm, as they walked in the fiery furnace. ⁄ Refreshed with dew in the flames, they sang in thanksgiving: ⁄ Blessed are You and praised above all, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

With the trembling and wonder of heaven, ⁄ the angelic powers stood by the Jordan, ⁄ beholding God's great condescension: ⁄ How He Who holds dominion over the waters above the firmament ⁄ stood in the waters in bodily form: ⁄ The God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The sea and cloud in which the people of Israel ⁄ once were baptized by the lawgiver Moses as they journeyed from Egypt, ⁄ prefigured the wonder of the Baptism of God! ⁄ The sea was an image of the water and the cloud an image of the Spirit ⁄ by which we are initiated and cry aloud: ⁄ Blessed are You, the God of our fathers! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Come, all faithful, let us speak of the things of God, ⁄ joining the angels in unending hymns ⁄ to glorify the God in Whom we have received initiation: ⁄ Father, Son and Holy Spirit, ⁄ the Trinity, consubstantial in Persons, yet one God to Whom we sing: ⁄ Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers! [OCA]

Ode 7: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (The burning bush.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O Forerunner, after you performed the sacrament of Baptism, and accomplished the divine mysteries that were entrusted to you, you were offered like a guileless lamb in sacrifice sacramentally. Therefore we join you in unison singing: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O thrice-blessed Forerunner, you were like another Elias, for like him you displayed an immaterial way of life, and you publicly reproved kings with boldness when they transgressed. Therefore, O Prophet, we join you singing: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [SD]

Glory.

O thrice-blessed Forerunner, you were greatest of all the Prophets, and you inherited the divine honor of the Apostles of Christ; in this way you are clearly shown to be the fulfillment of the Law and the first-fruit of the new grace. Therefore, O Baptist, we join you singing: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Let us all, with utmost reverence, worthily extol with sacred hymns the all-pure Lady who hosted God; for she carried in her womb the Only-begotten Son of God, when He was to appear to us men. To Him we believers in unison are singing: Blessed are You, the God of our Fathers. [SD]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 2.

He who retarded once the towering fire * within the furnace that held the pious young men * burned the dragons' heads in the streams of the river, * and the stubborn stain of sin He has completely * washed away therein, with the dew of the Spirit. [SD]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-1

Ode viii.

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

The Babylonian furnace, as it poured forth dew, ⁄ foreshadowed a marvelous mystery: ⁄ That Jordan should receive immaterial fire in its streams, ⁄ and should encompass the Creator, when He was baptized in the flesh. ⁄ Peoples, bless and exalt Him above all forever! [OCA]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Deliverer said to the Forerunner: ⁄ Cast aside all fear; draw near, obedient to My command, ⁄ for by nature I am good and love. ⁄ Yield to My ordinance and baptize Me, ⁄ for in condescension I come down, ⁄ Whom the peoples bless and exalt above all forever. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

When the Baptist heard the Master's words, ⁄ he stretched out his hand in trembling; ⁄ and as he touched the head of his Creator, ⁄ he cried aloud to Him who was baptized: ⁄ Sanctify me, for You are my God, ⁄ Whom the peoples bless and exalt above all forever. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Trinity was made manifest in the Jordan: ⁄ for the Father, supreme in divinity, bore witness, saying: ⁄ He who is baptized here is My beloved Son. ⁄ And the Spirit, equal in divinity, rested upon Him ⁄ Whom the peoples bless and exalt above all forever. [OCA]

Ode 8: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. N/M (Once by the divine command.)

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O all-blessed John, who appeared on earth as a peer of the Angels in your unusual way of life, and who are superior to all other men, we joyfully honor you and we cry: O all you works, bless you the Lord. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

O Prophet, by the voice of the Father and the coming of the Spirit, you understood that He whom you baptized was the eternal Logos of God. And thus you became an initiate of the one essence of the Godhead in three consubstantial hypostases. [SD]

Glory.

O all-venerable John, you were born of a barren woman, and thus you were the noetic daybreak that preceded and made known the Sun that rose from a Virgin; and you preached the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, in His love for humanity. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-pure Virgin, you ineffably conceived the pre-eternal effulgence of the Father's glory, the unoriginate Logos, who is understood to be in the beginning, and has now, born of you, become without change the First-born of creation. [SD]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 2.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

The created world exults in its liberty, * and sons of the light are they who once were darkened. * Only the champion of darkness is groaning. * Now let the formerly wretched inheritance * of the Nations bless eagerly Him who caused this. [SD]

Kontakia and Synaxarion

READER

From Menaion - - -

Kontakion of the Feast.

Mode 4. Automelon.

You appeared today to us * on earth, O Master, * and Your light was signed on us * who cry aloud to You and say * with understanding, O Christ our God: You came and shone forth, O Light unapproachable. [SD]

Kontakion. For the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 2.

Jordan, alarmed by your physical presence, in trembling receded. John, performing the spiritual service, in fear retreated. The orders of Angels were astonished, as they saw You in flesh being baptized in the river; and all who sat in darkness were shined on, and extolled You the One who appeared and illumined everything. [GKD]

Oikos.

To Adam who in Eden became blind, the Sun has in Bethlehem appeared, and it opened his eyes after washing them in the waters of the Jordan. To him who was blackened and darkened before, a light has arisen that never goes out. No longer is it night for him, but always day. For his sake the Daybreak has been born. For as it was written, he hid in the cool of the day; but he found the Dawn that raises him up who had fallen at evening. He is rid of the darkness and has reached the Morn, which appeared and illumined everything. [GKD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On January 7 is the Synaxis in honor of the holy and glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. Coinciding with this was the transfer of his all-precious and holy hand to Constantinople.

The holy new Hieromartyr Romanos of Lacedaemonia, from the town of Diminitzi, witnessed in Byzantium in the year 1695 and died by the sword.

We also commemorate the holy Neomartyr Athanasios, who was from Attaleia, but witnessed in Smyrna in the year 1700.

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

Katavasias Odes 1-8

CHOIR

Katavasias of Epiphany II

Ode i. Mode 2.

Israel treaded on the sea's swelling billow, * which had been rendered once again into dry land. * Then the dark waters concealed all the Egyptian * riders together, as a tomb laid in water, * by the mighty strength of the right of the Master. [SD]

Ode iii.

From the ancient snares of the gluttonous lions, * whose teeth are broken, we all have been delivered. * Let us exult, then, and our mouth let us widen, * weaving melody from words unto the Logos, * whose delight it is to bestow gifts upon us. [SD]

Ode iv.

Once purged by the fire of mystical vision, * the Prophet, hymning the renewal of mortals, * cried in a loud voice energized by the Spirit, * telling the ineffable Word's incarnation. * He it is who crushed the power of the princes. [SD]

Ode v.

The Spirit's cleansing has washed away from us now * the dark and dirty enemy's poison venom. * Therefore we have landed on a new unerring * path, which leads to happiness that has no access, * save to them whom God to himself reconciled. [SD]

Ode vi.

With the blessed utterance proclaimed the Father * Him He produced from the womb His beloved Son. * Yes, He said, this is My own connatural offspring, * splendor of My light, now also borne of mankind, * both My living Word, and by providence mortal. [SD]

Ode vii.

He who retarded once the towering fire * within the furnace that held the pious young men * burned the dragons' heads in the streams of the river, * and the stubborn stain of sin He has completely * washed away therein, with the dew of the Spirit. [SD]

Ode viii.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

The created world exults in its liberty, * and sons of the light are they who once were darkened. * Only the champion of darkness is groaning. * Now let the formerly wretched inheritance * of the Nations bless eagerly Him who caused this. [SD]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-1

From Menaion - - -

Ode ix.

Canon I.

Mode 2. Heirmos.

O my soul, magnify her who is greater in honor and in glory than the armies of heaven.

Every tongue is dumbfounded to extol as is worthy; * a super-mundane mind is dizzied praising you with hymns, O Theotokos. * Nonetheless accept our faith, since you are full of goodness, * for you have seen our longing indeed inspired by God. * Lady, as the protectress of Christians, you do we magnify. [SD]

Troparia.

O my soul, magnify the Lord who has come to the Jordan to be baptized.

In the Spirit, O David, come be present and sing out * to those being illumined, Now approach to God in faith and be illumined. * Adam who was fallen cried aloud, being the poor man, * and truly the Lord heard him; and therefore He has come, * and in the streams of the Jordan He renewed him, the corrupted one. [SD]

O my soul, magnify the Lord who is requesting the Forerunner to baptize Him.

Wash yourselves and be clean, says the Prophet Isaiah, * and put away your evildoing from before the Lord's eyes. * All you who are thirsty go now to the living water. * For Christ will sprinkle those who believing run to Him * with water that renews; and He baptizes them * with the Spirit unto undecaying life. [SD]

O my soul, magnify the One to whom the voice of the Father bore witness.

By the grace and the seal let us believers preserve ourselves. * For as the Hebrews once escaped destruction when the lintel had been bloodied, * likewise this baptismal laver of regeneration * will be a passing over and exodus for us, * where we shall see the Trinity's never-setting light. [SD]

Ode 9: Menaion: Canon-2

Canon for the Forerunner.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. Lady, from your virginal belly.

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Coming from the desert, the Forerunner's voice to all points out the Word who for our sake has visited us bodily; full of joy he prepares himself to baptize Him who has arrived, the One who purifies our souls from the ancestral sin through faith in Him. [SD]

Baptist of Christ, intercede for us.

Grace and Law do clearly promote you, holy John, as intermediate, in that you seal the Law and inaugurate Grace; and the Word honored you himself above the other Prophets all. You now surpass things visible, all-venerable Forerunner. [SD]

Glory.

He who demonstrated a life that emulates the incorporeal rejoices now together with angelic hosts; he is full of exultant joy as he stands beside the Master's throne; forgiveness and salvation he requests for us and all who sing his praise. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

Exceeding compassion, the Savior and Redeemer of the universe becomes a man and accepts to be born in the flesh, in His love for the human race, since He by nature is humane; He came forth from your virgin womb, all-blessed Maiden who gave birth to God. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 2.

O my soul, magnify the ever-virgin Maid who from the curse has redeemed us.

O all spotless Bride, surpassing comprehension * are the wonders of your childbirth, blessed Mother! * Through you obtaining comprehensive salvation, * we bring you a gift in striking up this worthy * hymn of gratitude to you our Benefactress. [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

Exaposteilarion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

The Master once referred to you * as Prophet and superior * to all the Prophets and greater * than all who were born to women; * for all the Prophets and the Law * announced the coming of the Christ, * but you have seen Him in the flesh, * and more than all you were honored * when you, O Saint John, baptized Him. [SD]

For the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 3. Automelon.

Our Savior, grace and truth, * appeared in His Epiphany * in the streams of the Jordan; * and those who lay once in the dark * and shadow He illumined now. * He has come and appeared, * the Light unapproachable. [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]

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.

   

From Menaion - - -

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

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

Light from Light, Christ our God, has shone upon the world. He is God and He appeared to us. O peoples, let us worship Him. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

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

Light from Light, Christ our God, has shone upon the world. He is God and He appeared to us. O peoples, let us worship Him. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

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

How shall we servants worthily honor You the Master, O Christ, for renewing us all in the waters? [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

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

When You our Savior were baptized in the River Jordan, You sanctified the waters, You were touched by the hand of Your servant, and You cured the world's passions. Great is the mystery of Your economy! O Lord who loves humanity, glory to You. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

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

The true Light has appeared and bestows illumination on all. Christ is baptized with us, even though He is above all purity; and thus He infuses sanctification into the water, which then becomes the purifying agent of our souls. What is seen belongs to earth; but what is understood transcends the heavens. By means of a bath comes salvation; by means of water comes the Spirit; by means of immersion does our ascent to God come to pass. How wonderful are Your works, O Lord! Glory to You. [SD]

Idiomelon. Mode 1.

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

He who wraps heaven in clouds wraps himself today in the streams of the Jordan. He who takes away the sin of the world washes himself in a wash that is meant for me. The cognate Spirit from above testifies of Him, that He is the Most High Father's Only-begotten Son. To Him let us cry aloud, "O Christ our God who appeared to us and saved us, glory to You." [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 2.

You emerged from a barren woman's labor as an Angel, O Baptist, and you dwelt in the wilderness from the time you were in swaddling clothes. You were shown to be the seal of the Prophets all; for you were counted worthy to baptize in the Jordan Him whom they beheld in various ways and proclaimed enigmatically. You heard the Father's voice from heaven bearing witness to His Sonship. And you saw the Spirit in the form of a dove showing that the voice was directed towards the One being baptized. And you, who are superior to all the Prophets, never cease interceding on our behalf, as we loyally observe your memorial. [GKD]

The [second] choir sings the following Idiomelon, up to the asterisk; then the first choir begins the Great Doxology, starting with the last verse of the Idiomelon: "Glory be to God..."

Both now.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2.

Today Christ came to be baptized in the Jordan. Today John touches the head of the Master. The hosts of heaven were astounded seeing the paradoxal mystery. The sea beheld it and fled; when the Jordan saw, it retreated. And we who are now illumined cry aloud, * "Glory be to God who appeared, and who was seen on earth, and who illumined the world." [SD]

Great Doxology

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.

Apolytikion of the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

As You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, then the worship of the Trinity became manifest, for the voice of the Father bore witness to You, naming You the Beloved Son; and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ God, who appeared and illumined the world, glory to You. [SD]

Litanies, End, no Dismissal

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)

Holy Lord, dwelling on high and beholding things below and, with your eye that observes all, keeping watch over the whole creation, to you we have bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we beseech you, O Holy of Holies: Stretch forth your invisible hand from your holy dwelling and bless us all. And, as you are good and love humankind, pardon us if we have sinned in anything, voluntarily or involuntarily, granting us your blessings both of this world and of the world above.

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.

Litanies and Dismissal

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)

Holy Lord, dwelling on high and beholding things below and, with your eye that observes all, keeping watch over the whole creation, to you we have bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we beseech you, O Holy of Holies: Stretch forth your invisible hand from your holy dwelling and bless us all. And, as you are good and love humankind, pardon us if we have sinned in anything, voluntarily or involuntarily, granting us your blessings both of this world and of the world above.

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 condescended to be baptized by John in the Jordan, for our salvation, 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, in whose honor we have congregated today; 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.)