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Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All Africa

Archdiocese of Good Hope

Sunday Matins & Divine Liturgy


Hymns & Readings

(TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MATINS SERVICE BOOK)

29 August 2015
The Beheading of St John
the Baptist & Forerunner

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Irodiada, tin gyneka, Philippou tou


adelphou aftou, oti aftin egamisen.

Elege gar O Ioannis to

Irodi: Oti ouk e


esti si ehin tin gyneka tou adelphou
sou.

I de Irodias enihen afto ke ithelen afton

prison for the sake of Herodias, the


wife of Philip, his brother, for he had
married her.

John had said to Herod: It is unlawful


for you to have your brothers wife.

Therefore

Herodias had held it against


him and wanted to kill him, but she
could not.

apoktine, ke ouk idinato.

gar Irodis efovito ton Ioannin, idos


afton andra Dikeon ke Agion, ke
sinetiri afton.

Herod

Ke

akousas aftou polla epii ke ideos


aftou ikoue.

And hearing (John), he did many things,

feared John, knowing that he


was a Just and Holy Man, and he
protected him.

and had heard him gladly.

Ke genomenis imeras evkerou, ote Irodis And

an opportune day arose when


Herod, on his birthday, gave a Feast
for his noblemen, the high officers,
and the chief men of Galilee.

is genesis aftou dipnon epii tis


megistasin aftou ke tis hiliarhis ke tis
protis tis Galileas.

Ke

iselthousis tis thigatros aftis tis


Irodiados ke orhisamenis ke aresasis
to Irodi ke tis sinanakimenis.

And

when the daughter of Herodias


went in and danced, she pleased
Herod and those who sat with him.

Ipen O Vasilefs to korasio: Etison me O The

King said to the girl: Ask me for


whatever you wish, and I will grant it
to you!

ean thelis, ke doso si.

Ke

omosen afti: Oti O ean me etisis


doso si, eos imisous tis Vasilias mou!

And

he promised her: Whatever you


ask of me, I will give you even half
of my Kingdom!

de exelthousa ipe ti mitri aftis: Ti


etisome?

So she went out and asked her mother:

de ipe: Tin kefalin Ioannou tou


Vaptistou!

Herodias answered: The head of John

For what shall I ask?


the Baptist!

Ke

iselthousa evtheos meta soudis pros


ton Vasilea itisato legousa: Thelo
ina mi dos exaftis epi pinaki tin
kephilin Ioannou tou Vaptistou!

And without delay she hastened to the

perilipos genomenos O Vasilefs, dia


tous orkous ke tous sinanakimenous
ouk ithelisen aftin athetise.

And

Ke

evtheos
apostilas
O
Vasilefs
spekoulatora epetaxen enehthine tin
kephalin aftou.

And

de apelthon apekefalisen afton en ti


filaki, ke inegke tin kephalin aftou epi
pinaki, ke edoken aftin ti mitri aftis.

He

Ke

King and said: I want you to give me


at once on a platter the head of John
the Baptist!
the King was exceedingly sorry;
yet, because of the oaths and
because of those who sat with him,
he did not want to refuse her.
immediately the King sent an
executioner and commanded his
head to be brought.
went and beheaded him in prison,
and presented his head on a platter,
and she gave it to her mother.

Ke akousantes i Mathite Aftou ilthon ke And when his Disciples heard of it, they
iran to ptoma Aftou, ke ethikan afto
en Mnimio.

14. B E H E A D I N G

OF

ST JOHN

THE

went and took away his body and


laid it in a tomb.

BAPTIST & FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

PSALM 117 /118 TONE (7) VARYS/GRAVE


PRAISE TO GOD FOR HIS EVERLASTING MERCY

Theos

Kyrios ke
Evlogimenos O
Onomati Kyriou!

Epefanen imin.
erhomenos en

1 : Exomologisthe to Kyrio, oti


Agathos, oti is ton eona to Eleos
Aftou!*

STIHOS

Theos

Kyrios ke
Evlogimenos O
Onomati Kyriou!

Epefanen imin.
erhomenos en

Panta ta Ethni ekiklosan me, ke


to Onomati Kyriou iminamin aftous.

STIHOS 2:

Theos

Kyrios ke
Evlogimenos O
Onomati Kyriou!

Epefanen imin.
erhomenos en

Para Kyriou egeneto afti, ke esti


Thavmasti en ofthalmis imon.

STIHOS 3:

Theos

Kyrios ke
Evlogimenos O
Onomati Kyriou!

Epefanen imin.
erhomenos en

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


us. Blessed is He Who comes in the
Name of the Lord!

Give Thanks to the Lord, for


He is Good;
His Mercy endures
forever!

VERSE 1:

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


us. Blessed is He Who comes in the
Name of the Lord!

All the Nations surrounded me,


but in the Name of the Lord I drove
them back.

VERSE 2:

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


us. Blessed is He Who comes in the
Name of the Lord!

This is the Lords doing, and it


is Marvellous in our eyes.

VERSE 3:

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


us. Blessed is He Who comes in the
Name of the Lord!

FESTAL APOLYTIKION ST JOHN

THE

BAPTIST TONE 3

Mnimi

The

Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

Mnimi

The

Dikeou met egkomion, Si de


arkesi i Martyria tou Kyriou
Prodrome. Anedihthis gar ontos ke
Profiton sevasmioteros, oti ke en
rithris
Vaptise
katixiothis
ton
Krittomenon.
Othen tis Alithias
iperathlisas, heron evingeliso ke tis
en Adi, Theon fanerothenta en Sarki,
ton eronta tin amrtian tou kosmou,
ke parehonta imin to Mega Eleos.

and to the Holy Spirit

Dikeou met egkomion, Si de


arkesi i Martyria tou Kyriou
Prodrome. Anedihthis gar ontos ke
Profiton sevasmioteros, oti ke en
rithris
Vaptise
katixiothis
ton
Krittomenon.
Othen tis Alithias
iperathlisas, heron evingeliso ke tis
en Adi, Theon fanerothenta en Sarki,
ton eronta tin amrtian tou kosmou,
ke parehonta imin to Mega Eleos.

BEHEA

DING

-ST JOHN

memory of the Just is observed


with Hymns of Praise; for Thou
suffice the Testimony of the Lord, O
Forerunner. Thou hast proved to be
truly more Venerable than the
Prophets, since Thou were granted to
Baptise in the river the One Whom
they proclaimed. Therefore, when
for the Truth Thou had contested,
rejoicing, to those in Hades Thou
preached the Gospel, that God was
manifested in the Flesh, and takes
away the sin of the world, and grants
to us His Great Mercy.

THE

memory of the Just is observed


with Hymns of Praise; for Thou
suffice the Testimony of the Lord, O
Forerunner. Thou hast proved to be
truly more Venerable than the
Prophets, since Thou were granted to
Baptise in the river the One Whom
they proclaimed. Therefore, when
for the Truth Thou had contested,
rejoicing, to those in Hades Thou
preached the Gospel, that God was
manifested in the Flesh, and takes
away the sin of the world, and grants

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TIST

& FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

3.

THE ACTS

to us His Great Mercy.

Ke

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton


eonon.

Amin.

Now

and ever, and to the Ages of


ages.

En

THEOTOKION

Sa Theotoke mystiria.
Ti Agnia
esfragismeni,
ke
Parthenia
filattomeni, Mitir egnosthis apsevdis,
Theo tekousa alithinon.
Afton
iketeve sothine tas psihas imon.

surpassing every thought, all


surpassing Glorious, O Mother of
God, art Thy Mysteries. For while
bearing the Seal of Purity and
Preserved in Virginity, Thou were
deemed a Mother in Truth, for to the
True God Thou gave Birth. To Him
pray fervently, Entreating that our
soul be Saved.

SMALL LITANY
FIRST FESTAL KATHISMA ST JOHN

THE

BAPTIST - TONE 3

Ton mesitin simfonos nomou ke haritos, Come together, O Faithful, and let us all
i Pisti sinelthontes anevfimisomen, oti
Metanian imin proekirixe, ke Irodin
emfanos, stilitefsas evtharsos, tin
karan aftou etmithi. Ke arti zon met
Angelon, Hriso presvevi tou Sothine
imas.

Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati,

ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton


eonon.

Amin

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 now lives with
the Angels, he Intercedes with
Christ to Save our souls.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit, now and


forever, and to the Ages of ages.

Amen

afrastos Tokos O tis lohias Sou, en Si


egnoriste Agni Aiparthen. Kataplitti
mou ton noun, ke exista ton
logismon, i doxa Sou Theotoke, tis
pasin efaploumeni, pros Sotirian ton
psihon imon.

Conceived, and Ineffable Manner of


how Thy Son was born, O Pure and
Ever Virgin Maiden, have been
revealed in Thee. And astonished is
my mind, and my reason is amazed
by Thy Glory, O Theotokos; which
overall has been spread out for our
Protection, and to Save our soul.

SECOND FESTAL KATHISMA - TONE (5) PLAGAL 1

Ton

ek mitras Profitin anadihthenta


imin, ke ek stiras fostira ti ikoumeni
fedros,
proelthonta
en
odes
animnisomen,
tou
Hristou
ton
Vaptistin, ke nikiforon Athlitin, ton
Prodromon Ioannin, Presvevi gar to
Kyrio, eleithine tas psihas imon.

Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati,

ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton


eonon.
Amin
4. B E H E A D I N G

OF

ST JOHN

THE

To

the Forerunner John - Baptiser of


Christ who to us shone forth as
Prophet from the womb and has
risen on the world like a shining
Light from the barren one: to him let
us offer Hymns of Praise, as a
Victorious Athlete, who Intercedes
with our Master, for Mercy on our
soul.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit, now and


forever, and to the Ages of ages.
Amen

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AUGUST

TO

ST LUKE

13 : 25 32

PISIDIA

IN

In those days as John was finishing his

tes imeres ekines, os de eplirou O


Ioannis ton dromon, elegen: Tina me
iponoite ine? Ouk imi ego. Alla idou:
erhete meth eme - ouk imi axios to
ipodima ton Podon lise.

course, he said: Who do you think I


am? I am not He . But, behold: there
comes One after me the sandals of
Whom I am not worthy to loosen.

Andres Adelphi, ii genous Avraam, ke i Men and Brethren, sons of the Family of

en imin Fovoumeni ton Theon: imin


O Logos tis Sotirias taftis apestali.

Abraham, and those among you who


fear God: to you the Word of this
Salvation has been sent.

gar katikountes en Ierousalim, ke i


arhontes afton, touton agnoisantes,
ke tas fonas ton Profiton tas kata pan
Savvaton,
anaginoskomenas,
krinantes eplirosan.

Those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their


Rulers, because they did not know
Him, nor even the voices of the
Prophets, which are read every
Sabbath, have fulfilled them in
condemning Him.

Ke

midemian etian thanatou evrontes,


itisanto Pilaton anerethine Afton.

And although

Os

de etelesan panta ta peri Aftou


gegrammena, kathelontes apo tou
xilou, ethikan is Mnimion.

When

they found no cause for


death in Him, they asked Pilate that
He should be put to death.
they had fulfilled all that was
written concerning Him, they took
Him down from the Tree and laid
Him in a Tomb.

O de Theos igiren Afton ek nekron.


Os ofthi epi imeras plious

God Raised Him up from the dead.


He was seen for many days by those

tis
sinanavasin afto apo tis Galileas is
Ierousalim, itines isin Martyres Aftou
pros ton laon.

FESTAL THEOTOKION

To exesion Thavma to tis sillipseos, ke O The exceptional Wonder of how He was

APOSTLES ACCORDING
THE CHURCH

Amen

Panta iper ennian, panta iperevdoxa, ta All

OF THE

who came up with Him from Galilee


to Jerusalem, who are His Witnesses
to the people.

Ke imis imas Evangelizometha - tin pros And

we declare to you Glad Tidings


that what God Promised to the
Fathers, He has fulfilled to us, their
children, by Resurrecting Jesus.

tous Pateras Epangelian genomenin,


oti taftin O Theos ekpepliroken, tis
teknis afton imin, Anastisas Iisoun.
THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING
THE BEHEADING

OF

ST JOHN

THE

TO

To kero ekino, ikousen O Vasilefs Irodis At


faneron gar egeneto to Onoma Aftou.

Ke

ST MARK 6 : 14 30

BAPTIST & FORERUNNER

elegen: Oti Ioannis O Vaptizon ek


nekron
igerthi,
ke
dia
touto
energousin e Dinamis en afto.

TO

CHRIST

that time, King Herod heard of our


Lord Jesus, for His Name had
become well known.

And

he said: John the Baptist is Risen


from the dead, and therefore these
Powers are worked in Him.

Alli elegon: Oti Ilias estin.


Alli de elegon: Oti Profitis estin os is ton Others said: It is Elijah.
Others said: It is the Prophet, or one of
Profiton.
the Prophets.
Akousas de O Irodis ipen: Oti on ego
apekefalisa - Ioannin - outos estin. When Herod heard, he said: This is he
Aftos igerthi ek nekron!

whom I beheaded John. He has


been raised from the dead!

Aftos gar O Irodis apostilas ekratise ton For


Ioannin ke edisen afton en filaki dia
BEHEA

DING

-ST JOHN

THE

Herod himself had sent and laid


hold of John, and bound him in

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TIST

& FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

13.

FESTAL APOLYTIKION ST JOHN

Mnimi

THE

BAPTIST TONE 2

FESTAL THEOTOKION

The

Dikeou met egkomion, Si de


arkesi
i
martiria
tou
Kyriou
Prodrome. Anedihthis gar ontos ke
Profiton sevasmioteros, oti ke en
rithris
Vaptise
katixiothis
ton
kirittomenon.
Othen tis alithias
iperathlisas, heron evingeliso ke tis
en Adi, Tho fanerothenta en sarki,
ton aironta tin amartian tou kosmou,
ke parehonta imin to Mega Eleos.

memory of the Just is observed


with Hymns of Praise; for Thou
suffice the Testimony of the Lord, O
Forerunner. Thou hast proven to be
truly more Venerable than the
Prophets, since Thou were granted
to Baptise in the River the One
Whom they proclaimed. Therefore,
when for the Truth Thou had
contested, rejoicing, to those in
Hades, Thou preached the Gospel
that God was manifested in the
Flesh, and takes away the sin of the
world, and grants us His Great
Mercy.

DIVINE LITURGY HYMNS & READINGS


FESTAL APOLYTIKION BEHEADING OF ST JOHN
FORERUNNER

Mnimi

Dikeou met engomion; Si de


arkesi
i
martiria
tou
Kyriou
Prodrome; anedihthis gar ontos ke
Profiton sevamioteros, oti ke en rithris
Vaptise katihiothis ton kiritomenon.
Othen tis Alithias iperathlisas, heron
evingeliso ke tis en Adi:
Theo
fanerothenta en Sarki, ton eronta tin
amartian tou kosmou, ke parehonta
imin to Mega Eleos.

FESTAL KONTAKION NATIVITY

Ioakim ke

Anna onidismou ateknias, ke


Adam ke Eva ek tis fthoras tou
Thanatou ileftherothisan Ahrante, en
ti Agia gennisi Sou. Aftin eortazi ke
O Laos Sou, enohis ton
ptesmaton,
litrothis en to krazin Si: i stira tikti tin
Theotokon, ke Trofon tis Zois imon.

THE

BAPTIST &

The memory of the Just is praised;

but
for Thee shall suffice, the Witness of
the Lord, O Forerunner; for Thou
hast truly come forth as more
honoured than the Prophets, since
Thou proved worthy to Baptise, in
the streams, the one they preached
of. Thus, having contended for the
Truth supremely, with Joy Thou
brought the Good News, even to
those in Hades: O God Who did
appear in the flesh, and took away
the sin of the world, and grants to
all His Great Mercy.

OF THE

By

EVER BLESSED THEOTOKOS

thy Holy Nativity, O Most Undefiled


One, Joachim and Anna were freed
from the scorn of childlessness, and
Adam and Eve from Deaths
corruption. This is the Feast now
observed by thy people, who from
the guilt of their errors, were
delivered as they cry out to thee: the
barren one bear the Theotokos, and
our lifes Sustainer!

Eufranthisete Dikeos en Kyrio ke elpii ep The Righteous shall be glad in the Lord,
afton.

and shall Hope in Him.


my voice,
Supplication.

desthe me pros Se.

12. B E H E A D I N G

OF

ST JOHN

THE

to Eleos dixon epi ton doulon Sou, ke


ta kimata Agni katapravnon, ton
mateon logismon, ke tin pesousan
mou psihin, anastison Theotoke. Ida
gar ida Parthene, oti ishiis osa ke
voulio

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God,

in

my

Having shone from one barren by Gods

tis stiras eklampsas psifo Theou, ke


desma diarrixas glossis Patros, edixas
ton ilion, eosforon avgazonta, ke lais
en erimo, ton Ktistin ekirixas, ton
amnon ton eronta, tou kosmou ta
ptesmata.
Othen ke pros zilon,
Vasilea elegxas, tin endoxon karan
Sou, apetmithis aidime,
Ioanni
panevfime. Prsveve Hristo to Theo,
ton ptesmaton afesin dorisasthe, tis
eortazousi potho, tin Agian Minimin
Sou.

Decree and thus rent the restraints


on Thy Fathers tongue, to us Thou
made known the Sun as Luminous
Morning Star and Thou preached
the Creator to those in the
wilderness, and Thou called Him the
Lamb Who takes away the sins of the
world.
Therefore, when Thou
zealously denounced King Herod,
that Glorious Head of Thine was cut
off, O Lauded One. O Holy John the
Forerunner: Intercede with Christ
our God to grant Forgiveness of
offences to those who, with longing,
observe Thy Holy Memory.

Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati,

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

Amin

Amen

ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton


eonon.

and to the Holy Spirit, now and


forever, and to the Ages of ages.

THEOTOKION

Panagia Parthene Mitir Theou, tis psihis O Holy Virgin, and Mother of Christ our
mou ta pathi ta halepa, therapefson,
deome, ke singnomin parashou mi,
ton emon ptesmaton, afronos on
epraxa, tin psihin ke to soma,
molinas O Athlios. Imi! Ti piiso, en
ekini ti ora, inika i Angeli, tin psihin
mou horizousin, ek tou athliou mou
somatos? Tote Despina voithia mou
genou, ke prostatis thermotatos, Se
gar eho Elpida O doulos Sou Ahrante.

FESTAL PROKEIMENON ST

God, I Entreat Thee most earnestly


now to cure the passions that grieve
my soul, and to grant me
Forgiveness for the sins and offences
that I mindlessly committed, thus
polluting my body, wretched as I am.
Alas! 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 that Thou
will come then to my Aid as Ardent
Patron, for I Thine unworthy
servant have Thee as my Protector.
JOHN

Timios

enantion Kyriou O Thanatos


tou Osiou Aftou. (2)

Ti

antapodosmen to Krio peri


panton, on antapedoken imin.

STIHOS:

AUGUST

implore Thee to show forth Thy


promptness
to
provide
Thy
Protection and Help, and Thy Mercy
to me, O Pure Maiden; and calm the
waves of unruly thoughts, and
Resurrect the fallen soul of Thy
servant, O All Holy Theotokos. I
know, O Virgin, I know that Thou can
do whatever Thou wills.

THIRD FESTAL KATHISMA TONE (8) PLAGAL 4

Ek

SMALL LITANY & FESTAL ANTIPHONS 

PROKEIMENON PSALM 63 TONE 7

Isakouson, O Theos, tis fonis mou, en to Hear

Tin taxian Sou Skepin ke tin voithian, ke I

BEHEA

DING

-ST JOHN

THE

THE

BAPTIST - TONE 3

Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the


Death of His Holy One (2)

What shall we give back to the


Lord for all He renders us?

VERSE

BAP

TIST

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AUGUST

5.

Timios

enantion Kyriou O Thanatos


tou Osiou Aftou.
HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING

En

ekino to kero ikousen Irodis O


Tetraarhis tin akoin Iisou, ke ipen tis
pesin aftou, Outos estin Ioannis O
Vaptistis.
Aftos igerthi apo ton
nekron, ke dia touto e Dinamis
energousin en afto.

Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the


TO

At

that time, Herod the Tetrarch,


heard about Jesus and said to his
servants: This is John the Baptist; he
is risen from the dead, and therefore
these Powers are at work in him.

Ke

Thelon afton apoktine efovithi ton


ohlon, oti os Profitin afton ihon.

Genesiis

de genomenis tou Irodou


orhisato I thigatir tis Irodiados en to
meso ke iresen to Irodi, othen meth
orkou omologisen afti doune o ean
etisite.

and bound
him and put him in prison, for the
sake of Herodias, his brother,
Philips wife because John had said
to him: It is not lawful for you have
have her.

And although he wanted to put him to


death, Herod feared the people,
because they respected John as a
Prophet.

But

when Herods birthday was


celebrated, the daughter of Herodias
danced before them and pleased
Herod. Therefore he promised with
an oath to give her whatever she
might ask.

Enite

Praise

Him with timbrel and dance;


praise Him with strings and flute.

Afton en hordes ke organo.

ST MATTHEW 14 : 1 - 13

O gar Irodis kratisas ton Ioannin edisen For Herod had seized John
(afton) ke en filaki apetheto dia
Irodiada tin gineka Filippou tou
adelfou aftou. Elegen gar O Ioannis
afto, Ouk exestin si ehin aftin.

Enite Afton en timpano ke horo.

Death of His Holy One

tis Ierodon poroseos! O atimasas


Theon, tes tou nomou eklisesi, tin ton
orkon tirisin, doleros ipokrinete, ke ti
mihia
fonon
prostithisin,
O
skithropazin shimatizomenos. O tis
afatou Sou, simpathias Despota! Di is
Hriste, Soson tas psihas imon, os
Monos Evsplaghnos.

Such was the hardness of Herods heart!


For while dishonouring God by
refusing to keep the Law, he
deceitfully
pretended
that
he
honoured the oaths he made; and he
added murder to his adultery, and
then
he
feigned
a
dejected
countenance O, the ineffable tender
Mercy Thou, O Master, has for us.
Therefore save our souls, O Christ,
Only Compassionate One.

Enite

Praise

O tis iper noun ekplixeos!

What

Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

Afton en kimvalis evihis. Enite


Afton en kimvalis
alalagmou.
Pasa pnoi inesato ton Kyrion.
Ton Profiton i
sfragis, O epigios Angelos, pornikis
orhiseos, anadiknite epathlon.
I
Theologos glossa propempete, ke tis
en Adi, Hristou proangelos. O tis
arritou Sou, promithias Despota! Di
is Hriste, Soson tas psihas imon, os
Monos Evsplaghnos.

Him with tuneful cymbals;


praise Him with loud cymbals. Let
everything that has breath praise
the Lord.
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. O,
the ineffable Providence that Thou,
O Master, has for all! Therefore Save
our
souls,
O
Christ
Only
Compassionate One.

I de provivasthisa ipo tis mitros aftis: Dos Prompted


mi, fisin, ode epi pinaki tin kefalin
Ioannou tou Vaptistou.

by her mother, she said:


Give me the head of John the Baptist
on a platter!

Ke lipithis O Vasilefs dia tous orkous ke And the King was sorry; but because of

Ke

tous
sinanakimenous
ekelefsen
dothine, ke pempsas apekefalisen ton
Ioannin en ti filaki.

his oaths and his guests, he


commanded it to be given to her,
and he sent and had John beheaded
in the prison.

inehthi I kefali aftou epi pinaki ke


edothi to korasio, ke inegken ti mitri
aftis.

And his head was brought on a platter


and given to the girl, and she
presented it to her mother.

FESTAL PROSOMIA ST JOHN

THE

Palin Ierodias mentee, palin tarattete.

O
orhima dolion, ke potos meta dolour!
O Vaptistis apetemneto, ke Ierodis
etaratteto. Presvies Kyrie tou Sou
Prodromou, tin irinin parashou tes
psihes imon.

and to the Holy Spirit

BAPTIST

Once

again, Herodias was in a rage;


once again she was troubled. O,
dance of treachery! O drinking party!
O deceit!
The Baptist was
decapitated, and Herod was agitated.
At
the
Intercession
of
Thy
Forerunner, O Lord, grant peace to
our souls.

Ke proselthontes I Mathite Aaftou iran to And Johns disciples went and took the
ptoma ke ethapsan afto, ke lethontes
apinilan to Iisou.

Akousas
Ke

body and buried it; and they went


and told Jesus.

de O Isous anehorisen ekithen


tn plio is erimon topon kat idian.

When Jesus heard what had happened,

akousantes I ohli ikolouthisan afto


pezi apo ton poleon.

And

Doxa Si, Kyrie, Doxa Si!

He withdrew from there in a boat, to


a desolate place.
when the people heard about it,
they followed Him on foot from the
towns.

PEOPLE

Glory to Thee, O Lord:

Glory to

Thee!

Ke

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton


eonon.

Amin

ST JOHN

THE

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AUGUST

and ever, and to the Ages of


Ages.

Amen
THE C

ONGREGATION

Theotoke,

Si i i Ampelos i Alithini, i
vlastisasa ton Karpon tis Zois. Se
iketevomen, Presveve, Despina, meta
tou Prodromou, ke panton ton Agion,
eleithine tas psihas imon.

THE GREA

OF

Now

FESTAL THEOTOKION

PSALM 50

6. B E H E A D I N G

- TONE (6) PLAGAL 2

MUST STA

ND

Theotokos,

Thou art the True Vine


that produced the Fruit of Life. O
Lady, we fervently entreat Thee to
Intercede
together
with
the
Forerunner, that our souls be
granted Mercy.

DOXOLOGY

BEHEA

DING

-ST JOHN

THE

BAP

TIST

& FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

11.

ANOTHER FESTAL EXAPOSTEILARION ST JOHN

THE

BAPTIST TONE 3

O aselgis Irodis, ton tis agnias fitourgon, The

lecherous King Herod through


treachery
beheaded
Thee,
the
Saviours Prophet and Baptist and
promoter of chastity. But he could
not at all cut off Thy tongues
denunciation.

Se Vaptista tou Sotiros, karatomisas


doleros, Sou tous eleghous tin glottis
temin ouk ishisen olos.

HYMNS

DIVINE MERCY

OF

Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

Tes

Through

TOU

SOU

and to the Holy Spirit

PRODROMOU

the intercessions of T H Y
O Merciful One,
blot out the multitude of our
transgressions.
FORERUNNER,

presvies, eleimon, exalipson ta plithi


ton emon egklimaton.

FESTAL THEOTOKION

tin aran tou kosmou, to Tokou Sou


semni,
exafanisasa
mnin,
Se
litanevousan Pistos, pantion kindinon,
Rise Presvies Sou Kori.

Pure One, who abolished the ancient


Curse upon the world by Thy Divine
Parturition, Deliver from danger of
any kind Thy Flock that - with Faith prays
to
Thee,
by
Thine
Intercessions

Ke

Amin
Tes

tis Theotokou Presvies, Eleimon,


exalipson
ta plithi
ton emon
egklimaton.

RESURRECTION LAUDS: PRAISES TO GOD - PSALM 148 TONE 3


PRAISES TO THE LORD FROM ALL CREATION

Pasa

pnoi enesato ton Kyrion. Enite


ton Kyrion ek ton Ouranon. Enite
Afton en tis ipsistis. Si prepi imnos
to Theo.

Enite

Afton, pantes i Angelli Aftou.


Enite Afton, pase e Dinamis Aftou.
Si prepi imnos to Theo.
FESTAL STIHERA ST JOHN

THE

Let

everything that has breath praise


the Lord. Praise the Lord from the
Heavens; praise Him in the Highest.
To Thee praise is due, O God.

BAPTIST

Praise Him for His Mighty Acts;

O tou paradoxou Thavmatos!

What

Afton epi tes Dinasties Afton.


Enite Afton kata to plithos tis
Megalosinis Aftou.
Tin Ieran
Kefalin, ke Angelis edesmon, aselges
akolaston, periefere korion, tin
elegxasan, glossan paranomon, ti
mihalidi mitri proseferen.
O tis
afatou Sou, anohis Filanthrope! Di is
Hriste, Soson tas psihas imon, os
Monos Evsplaghnos.

Enite

Afton en iho salpingos. Enite


Afton en psaltirio ke kithara.

O tou paradoxou Thavmatos!

Tin Ieran
Kefalin, ke Angelis edesmon, aselges
akolaston, periefere korion, tin
elegxasan, glossan paranomon, ti
mihalidi mitri proseferen.
O tis
afatou Sou, anohis filanthrope! Di is
Hriste, Soson tas psihas imon, os
monos evsplaghnos.

10. B E H E A D I N G

OF

ST JOHN

THE

What

a paradoxical Miracle!
The
Prophet Johns 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.
O the ineffable Forbearance Thou
showed,
Lover of mankind!
Therefore, save our souls, O Christ,
only Compassionate One.

BAPTIST & FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

the Intercessions of the


Theotokos, O Merciful One, blot out
the multitude of our transgressions.
THE

BAPTIST TONE 2

Tis

O Baptist John, Preacher of Repentance,

Metanias O Kirix, Ioanni Vaptista,


ektmithis Sou tin karan, tin Gin
Igiasas, ke Paranomian exifanisas.
Os parestikos to Throno tou
Epouraniou Vasileos Hristou, Afton
iketeve, Eleithine tas psihas imon.

PRAYERS

FOR OUR

mercy upon me, O God,


according to Thy Great Mercy and
according to the abundance of Thy
Compassion
blot
out
my
transgression.
when Thy head was cut off, Thou
Sanctified the earth, for Thou spread
the Law of God to the Faithful and
made lawlessness disappear. As one
present at the Throne of Christ, the
Heavenly King, plead with Him to
have mercy on our souls.

SALVATION
FESTAL KONTAKION - ST JOHN

tou Prodromou Endoxos apotomi,


Ikonomia gegone tis Theiki, ina ke tis
en Adi tou Sotiros Kirixi tin elefsin.
Thrinito oun Irodias, anomon fonon
etisasa.
Ou Nomon gar ton tou
Theou, ou Zonta Eona igapisen, ALL
EPIPLASTON PROSKERON.

Praise

Him with the sound of the


trumpet; praise Him with lute and
harp.

Amen
Through

Have

eleison me, O Theos, kata to


Mega Eleos Sou ke kata to plithos
ton iktirmon Sou Exalipson to
anomima mou.

praise
Him according to the greatness of
His Majesty.
a paradoxical Miracle!
The
Prophet Johns 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.
O the ineffable Forbearance Thou
showed,
Lover of mankind!
Therefore, save our souls, O Christ,
only Compassionate One.

and ever, and to the Ages of


Ages.

Eleimon

- TONE (8) PLAGAL 4

Enite

Now

FESTAL IDIOMELON ST JOHN

Praise Him, all His Angels; praise Him,


all His Powers. To Thee praise is
due, O God.

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton


eonon.

THE

BAPTIST

The

Forerunners Glorious Beheading


occurred out of Divine Dispensation,
so that even to those in Hades he
should declare the Coming of our
Saviour.
Therefore, mourn, O
Herodias, who demanded unlawful
murder: the Law of God, nor the
Living Age did she love, but
CONTRIVED AND FLEETING.

FESTAL IKOS - ST JOHN

Ta

Genesia tou Irodou pasin efanisan


anosia, oti en meso ton trifontin, i
kefali tou Nistevontos paretethi osper
edesma. Ti Hara sinifthi lipi, ke to
geloti ekrathi pikros odirmos. Oti tin
karan tou Baptistou pinaki ferousa,
epi panton isilthen, os ipen, i pes, ke
dia istron, thinos epepese pasi tis
aristisasi tote sin to Vasili. Ou gar
eterpsen ekinous, oute Irodin afton.
Fisi, ke elipithisan lipin ouk alithinin,
ALL EPIPLASTON PROSKERON.

BEHEA

DING

-ST JOHN

THE

THE

BAPTIST

Herods

Birthday Festivities seemed to


all ungodly, for in the midst of the
debauchers, the head of the Faster
was like a meaty dish presented.
Sadness combined with joy, and with
laughter, bitter wailing blended; for
as the girl entered in before all
present, bearing on a platter the
head of the Baptist through mad
desire, it is said, lamentation fell
likewise on the King and all the
banqueters. For it did not delight

BAP

TIST

& FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

7.

them, nor Herod himself, it is said;


and they were dampened with
insincere sadness, CONTRIVED AND

ODI 6

ODE 6

Notiou

When

ODI 7

ODE 7

Eknoon

The mad command of the infidel tyrant

thiros en splaghnis palamas


Ionas stavroidos diekpetasas, to
Sotirion Pathos prodietipou safos.
Othen
triimeros
ekdis,
tin
iperkosmion anastasin ipexografise
tou sarki prospagentos Hristou tou
Theou ke Triimero egersi ton komon
fotisantos.

FLEETING.

SYNAXARION 29 AUGUST

Ti

K tou aftou minos, Mnimi tis


apotomis tis Timias Kefalis tou Agiou
Endoxou Profitou Prodromou ke
Vaptistou Ioannou.

On

the 29th day of this month we


Commemorate the Beheading of the
Venerable,
Holy,
and
Glorious
Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist
John.

Ti afti imera, Mnimi tis Osias Theodoras On

this day we Commemorate our


Righteous Mother, St Theodora of
Thessalonika, who was from Aegina.

tis en Thessaloniki, tis ex Eginis


katagomenis.

Tes

tou Sou Prodromou Hriste Presvies,


Eleison ke Soson imas.

Amin

prostagma tyrannou dissevous


laous eklonise, pneon apilis ke
disfimias theostigous.
Omos Tris
Pedas ouk edimatose thimos thiriodis,
ou pir vromion.
All antihounti
drosovolo pnevmati piri sinontes
epsilon: O Iperimnitos ton pateron ke
imon Theos, Evlogitos I!

By the Intercessions of Thy Forerunner,


O Christ, have Mercy on us and Save
us.

Amen.
FESTAL KATAVASIA

OF THE

HOLY CROSS TONE (8) PLAGAL 4

ODI 1

ODE 1

Stavron

Verily,

haraxas Mosis ep evthias,


ravdon tin Erthron dieteme to Israil
pezevsanti.
Tin de epistrepitikos
Farao tis armasi krotisas inosen, ep
evrous diagrapas to aittiton oplon.
Dio Hristo asomen, to Theo imon, oti
Dedoxaste.

Moses
having
struck
horizontally with his rod, cleaved
the Red Sea and caused Israel to
cross on foot, then having struck it
transversely brought it together over
Pharaoh and his chariots -having
traced the Cross, thus symbolising
that Invincible Weapon. Wherefore,
we praise Christ our God, for He has
been Glorified.'

ODI 3

ODE 3

Ravdos

The

is
tipon
tou
Mystiriou
paralamvanete.
To vlasto gar
prokrini ton ireas. Ti stirevousi de
proin Ekklisia nin exinithise xilon
Stavrou is kratos ke stereoma.

Rod is taken as symbolic of the


Mystery; for by its budding, it
designated the Priest. But now the
Tree of the Cross has blossomed
forth with Might and Steadfastness
to the hitherto barren Church.

ODI 4

ODE 4

Isakikoa,

I have heard, O Lord, of the Mystery of

Kyrie, tis Ikonomias Sou to


Mystirion, katenoisa ta Erga Sou ke
Endoxasa Sou tin Theotita.

Thy
Dispensation,
and
have
contemplated
Thy
Works.
Wherefore, I Glorify Thy Godhead.

ODI 5

ODE 5

Trismakariston Xilon! En O Etathi


Hristos, O Vasilefs ke Kyrios. Di ou
peptoken O Xilo apatisas, to en Si
deleasthis Theo to prospagenti sarki,
to parehonti tin Irinin tes psihes
imon.

8. B E H E A D I N G

OF

ST JOHN

THE

Thou Thrice-Blessed Tree, whereon


the Lord Christ the King was
stretched, and through which he
who was beguiled by the Tree fell,
having been beguiled by Thee, by the
God Who was nailed upon Thee in
the flesh, Who grants safety to our
souls.

BAPTIST & FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

ODI 8

Jonah in the belly of the whale


stretched forth his hands in the
form of a cross, he foreshadowed
clearly the Passion of Salvation; and
when he came out on the third
day, he symbolised the worldtranscending
Resurrection
of
Christ, nailed upon Thee in the
Flesh, and Illuminating the world by
His Third-day Resurrection.

has shaken the Nations, breathing


forth threats and blasphemies
loathed of God.
But the Three
Youths were not terrified by the
bestial terror, nor of the consuming
fire; for being together amidst the
fire blown forth by a Dewy Breeze,
they
were
singing:
O
Thou
exceedingly praised:
Blessed art
Thou, God of our Fathers!
ODE 8

Enoumen,

Evlogoumen
Proskinoumen ton Kyrion!

ke

We Praise, we Bless and we Worship


the Lord!

Evlogite,

Pedes tis Triados isarithmi,


dimiourgon Patera Theon. Imnite ton
sigkatavanta Logon ke to pir is
droson
metapiisanta.
Ke
iperipfoute to pasi zoin parehon
Pnevma panagion is tou eonas

ye Youths, equal in number to the


Trinity, Bless the Father, the God
Creator: praise the Word, Who
condescended by changing the fire
to a Dewy Breeze; and exalt more
and more the All Holy Spirit, Who
gives Life to all for evermore!

MAGNIFICAT
FESTAL KATAVASIA - 9TH ODE - HOLY CROSS

Mystikos

is,
Theotoke,
Paradisos,
Ageorgitos vlastisasa Hriston, if ou to
tou
Stavrou
Zoiforon
en
gi
pefitourgite Dendron.
Di ou nin
ipoumenou proskinountes afton, Se
Megalinomen.

THE

Thou

art the Mystical Paradise, O


Theotokos; for that Thou, being
Untilled, budded forth Christ, by
Whom was planted on earth the
Life-giving Tree of the Cross.
Wherefore, as we adore It being
elevated, we Magnify Thee

SMALL LITANY & PRAISES TO


THE LORD 
FESTAL EXAPOSTEILARION ST JOHN

THE

BAPTIST - TONE 2

Ton en Profites mizona gnoristhenta, ke On


Apostolon prokrito gegonota, imnis
egkomion
stefanosomen,
ton
Prodromon tis Haritos, tin kefalin gar
etmithi, dia ton nomon Kyriou.

BEHEA

DING

-ST JOHN

THE

him who is renowned as greatest


among the Prophets, who was
selected prior to the Apostles, let us
place a Crown of Sacred Hymns of
Praise, as being Graces Forerunner.
For he defended the Lords Law, and
therefore he was beheaded.

BAP

TIST

& FORERUNNER 29

AUGUST

9.