June 24, 2018
Nativity of the Forerunner and Baptist John
Romans 13:11-14:4: As we read from his letter to the Romans, St Paul encourages us to walk in the light and put aside the deeds of darkness, knowing that the time of salvation is near at hand. He also encourages us to accept those who are weak in faith and not to make personal judgments.
Luke 1:1-25; 57-68; 80: In the Gospel of St. Luke we read of how the Lord blessed Elizabeth and Zechariah with a child and named him John. The child came to be known as John the Baptist, whom our Lord Jesus Christ referred to as the greatest born of women. On this feast day when we celebrate his, let us remember him who was called The Forerunner and prepared the way for our Lord’s Incarnation.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Nativity of the Forerunner: O Prophet and Forerunner of Christ God’s coming to us, all we who with longing now extol thee are at a loss to honor thee worthily. For thy mother’s barrenness and father’s long silence, by thine all-renowned and hallowed birth were both ended, and the Incarnation of the Son of God is preached unto all the world.
Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.
Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
Sunday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)