Menaion

January 7

Post-festive day of the Theophany.

Great DoxologyThe Synaxis of the holy Forerunner, Prophet, and Baptist John. A “synaxis” feast follows one of the great feasts, and highlights a major personage of yesterday’s celebration. We remember today the work of the Forerunner, John, who baptized Christ.

At Vespers

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We do not chant any kathisma at Vespers, unless January 7 falls on Sunday, in which case we sing "Blessed is the man."

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the feast, and three for the Forerunner.

Tone 2 samohlasen. When the Forerunner saw the One who is our enlightenment, * the One who has brought light to all, * coming to be baptized, * his heart rejoiced and his hand trembled. * He pointed Him out to the people and said: * This is the Savior
of Israel who delivered us from corruption. * O Christ our God, O Sinless One, glory to You!

O our Savior, the armies of angels trembled * when they saw You baptized by your servant, * and the Holy Spirit bearing witness and descending, * and when they heard the voice of the Father speaking from heaven: * This One upon whom the Forerunner lays his hands * is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. * O Christ our God, glory to You!

When the Jordan River received You, O Fountainhead, * the Comforter descended in the form of a dove. * Now behold the marvel: * the One who bowed the heavens bows his head to the Forerunner, * and the one made of clay cries out to his Maker: * Why do You command me to perform what is beyond my power? * It is I who need to be baptized by You. * O Christ our God, O Sinless One, glory to You!

Tone 1, special melody Prechvalnii mučenicy.  O Christ, the Forerunner saw You * coming to him and asking for baptism. * With trembling he cried out: * Why do You command me to do that which is beyond my power, O all-powerful Lord? * How am I to touch You with my hand * since You preserve all things with your hand? * Rather You should baptize me, your servant.

I manifest myself as completely human. * I who am rich have willingly become poor, * so that I may enrich with incorruption and deliverance all the poor. * Come! Baptize the One who is not subject to corruption * and who frees the world from decay.

The Forerunner said to the Creator: * For my part I am held back, * and I do not know where to flee. * O generous One, You are the river of delight. * How is it, therefore, that the streams of the river receive You as You enter them? * To all those who venerate your holy manifestation, * You pour out salvation, O Word!

Glory – Tone 6.  O luminary in the flesh and Forerunner of the Savior, * O offspring of the barren one, * O friend, by leaping in the womb * you adored the One who is born of the Virgin; * and you baptized Him in the waters of the Jordan. * O prophet, we pray to you: * Implore Him that we may escape the future torments.

Now and ever – Tone 6.  God the Word manifested himself in the flesh to the human race. * He stood in the Jordan to be baptized, * and the Forerunner said to Him: * How can I extend my hand and touch the head of Him who governs all things? * Even though You were an infant born of Mary, * I know that You are the eternal God. * You are praised by the Seraphim and yet You walk on earth; * and the servant has not learned how to baptize the Master. * O ineffable Lord, glory to You!

Entrance with censer. In place of the prokeimenon of the day, the following great prokeimenon:

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Psalm 113:11,1,2-3,5). But our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he wills.
V. When Israel came forth from Egypt, Jacob's sons from an alien people.
V. Judah became the Lord's temple, Israel became his kingdom.
V. Why is it, O sea, that you fled; O Jordan, that you turned back?

But if if it is Saturday, we sing the usual prokeimenon of Saturday evening: The Lord reigns, he is clothed in majesty.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. Master, when John the Forerunner saw You coming to him, he was amazed. * As a faithful servant he cried out with fear: * O Savior, with what humility and lowliness have You clothed yourself? * Since You are compassionate, * You have clothed yourself in our flesh; * and by the richness of your kindness, * You have raised us up and we are reconciled.

The sea fled at the sight; the Jordan turned back on its course. (or: The sea saw and fled; Jordan was turned back.)

Come to me; for on this day, I fulfill the mystery of salvation, * said the Savior of the universe to the Forerunner. * Serve with fear and do not be terrified, * because I am renewing Adam who was crushed by sin. * Though I am undefiled by nature, * I am baptized in the waters of the Jordan.

Why is it, O sea, that you fled; O Jordan, that you turned back?

In response, John said: * What creature can see the Sun being cleansed, * or who can see stripped the One who clothes the heavens with the clouds; * who can see the Creator of springs and rivers coming into the waters? * O Master, I marvel at your ineffable providence. * Do not burden your servant with such awesome commands.

Glory – Tone 4.  As a lover of the Holy Spirit, O Forerunner, * and as a swallow sweetly singing of divine grace, * you have made known to all people * the plan of salvation of their King. * He gloriously came forth from the Pure One for the renewal of all. * He takes away their ancient sadness * and reforms the hearts of those baptized in repentance * that they may receive eternal life, * O blessed Prophet, inspired by God.

Now and ever – Tone 4.  Let us imitate the wise virgins; * come, let us go to meet the Master who is now present, * for He approaches John as a Bridegroom. * When the Jordan saw Him, it bowed down in fear and stopped; * John spoke out, saying: * I am unworthy to touch your immortal head. * The Spirit descended in the form of a dove and sanctified the waters, * and a voice was heard from on high: * This is my Son who comes into the world to save all. * O Lord, glory to You!

Troparion of the Forerunner, Tone 2. The memory of the righteous is celebrated with praise, *but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough. * You were shown to be more honorable that the prophets * since you were deemed worthy to baptize in the waters the Lord whom you have proclaimed. * Therefore, you fought for the truth, * and with joy, proclaimed the good news to those in Hades, * that God has appeared in the flesh * to take away the sins of the world and grant us great mercy.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of Theophany, Tone 1.  At your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed; * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You his beloved Son, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove * confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You!

At the Divine Liturgy

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First Antiphon (Ps. 113:1-3,5):
When Israel came forth from Egypt, Jacob's sons from an alien people,
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Judah became the Lord's temple, Israel became his kingdom.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

The sea saw and fled; Jordan was turned back.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Why is it, O sea, that you fled; O Jordan, that you turned back?
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 114:1-5):
I love the Lord because he will hear my voice in supplication.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

For he will turn his ear to me in the day when I call him.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

They surrounded me, the snares of death, with the anguish of the tomb; they caught me, sorrow and distress. I called on the Lord's name.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

How gracious is the Lord, and just; our God has compassion.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 94:1):
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim God our Savior!
Refrain: O Son of God, baptized by John in the Jordan, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Entrance Hymn (Ps. 94:6):
Come, let us worship and bow before Christ.
Refrain: O Son of God, baptized by John in the Jordan, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Troparion of Theophany, Tone 1.  At your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed; * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You his beloved Son, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove * confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You!

Troparion of the Synaxis, Tone 2. The memory of the righteous is celebrated with praise, *but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough. * You were shown to be more honorable that the prophets * since you were deemed worthy to baptize in the waters the Lord whom you have proclaimed. * Therefore, you fought for the truth, * and with joy, proclaimed the good news to those in Hades, * that God has appeared in the flesh * to take away the sins of the world and grant us great mercy.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the Synaxis, Tone 6.   O Lord, before your presence in the flesh, * the Jordan River trembled and reversed its course out of fear. * Struck with awe, John hesitated to perform upon you the baptism foretold by the prophets. * The ranks of angels were rapt in wonder when they saw you being baptized in the flesh. * All those in darkness received illumination * and sang a hymn of praise to you, O Lord; * for you appeared and shed your light upon the whole world.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of Theophany, Tone 4.   You have revealed yourself to the world today; * and your light, O Lord, has set its seal on us. * We recognize you and exclaim to you: * You have come and revealed yourself, O Unapproachable Light.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  Acts 19:1-8

Alleluia, Tone 5 (Ps. 96:12,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Light dawns for the just, and gladness for the upright of heart.
V. Rejoice, you just, in the Lord; and confess the memory of his holiness.

Gospel: John 1:29-34

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, Christ the King, baptized in the Jordan.

Irmos, Tone 2. Every tongue is at a loss * to fittingly extol you; * and even a supernatural mind is overwhelmed * when it glorifies you, O Theotokos. * But in your goodness accept our faith, * since you recognize our godly love. * You are the intercessor for Christians, * and we extol you.

Communion Hymn for Theophany (Titus 2:11). The saving grace of God has appeared to all. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Communion Hymn for the Synaxis (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Communion Hymn of the Nativity (Ps. 110:9). The Lord has sent deliverance to his people. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!