Menaion

August 30

Post-festive day of the Beheading of the Forerunner.

Our holy fathers Alexander, John, and Paul the Younger, patriarchs of Constantinople. Alexander took part in the First Ecumenical Council. (340) John the Faster governed the Church in the days of the wicked emperor Anastasius. (595) Paul IV governed the Church for five years and then took the Great Schema to repent for his early support of the Iconoclasts. (784)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  As you are the divine mediator * between the old and the new testaments, * the prophet and forerunner, an angel in the flesh, * the denouncer of lawlessness, * the offspring of the womb of a barren woman, * on fire with zeal, you rebuked Herod for his iniquity. * Unable to endure your denunciation, * he commanded that your head be cut off; * it was brought in on a platter like food of abstinence, * divine delight, continually denouncing the adulterer.

Incited by her evil mother, * the iniquitous daughter asked for your most glorious head * which is cherished by the angels; * for she was unable to endure your denunciation. * Therefore, bearing it on a platter, and dancing as she carried it, * she turned the joy of those at the banquet into lamentation. * Yet your continually denounced the abomination of fornication, * O blessed prophet. * Pray to Christ that our souls be saved.

Made foolish by his drunkenness, * Herod was carried away by adultery and voices woven in song. * In fulfillment of his unjust oath he caused your murder, * O righteous prophet, O glorious one. * But your death clearly announced immortality to those who had died before; * for you became for those in Hades a preacher and herald, * proclaiming the saving coming of Christ our God. * Pray to him, that he save and enlighten our souls.

Tone 1, special melody Vsechvalnyj mučenicy.  O blessed Alexander, * the shepherd of the Church and orthodoxy's defender, * you put down the uprising of Arius * by your fervent prayers to the Redeemer of all. * Intercede now that our souls be given peace and great mercy.

O venerable John, * you renounced the corruptions of the flesh. * By your abstinence, the confession of the Faith, * your night-long vigils in prayer, * you became an earthly angel, a heavenly man. * Intercede before Christ * that our souls be given peace and great mercy.

O venerable father, * having carefully followed the teachings of Saint Paul, * you were rapidly lifted up to the third heaven * along with him by the height of your virtues. * There you heard the ineffable and divine words of the Spirit. * O blessed Paul, unshakable pillar of the Faith, * ceaselessly intercede for our salvation.

Glory – Tone 6.  Again Herodias has lost her self-control; * again she is disturbed. * What a cunning and deceiving dance, * and what mindless drunkenness! * The Forerunner's head is cut off and Herod is troubled. * Therefore, O Lord, by the intercessions of your Forerunner, * grant peace to our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are for from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 4.  An evil birthday and a lustful banquet is celebrated by Herod today; * for having delighted in adultery and being driven by lustful desires, * he beheaded the Baptist. * But he could not stop the tongue of the Prophet * which condemned his foolishness. * He spilled innocent blood to cover up his unlawful deeds, * but he could not cover the voice who called the world to repentance. * And if he took pleasure in the murder, * we celebrate with all our heart the death of John the Baptist. * For he preceded the Life of all into Hades * to announce to those in darkness and the shadow of death * the coming of Christ our God, the Orient from on high, * whose mercy is beyond measure.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion of the Forerunner,  Tone 2.  The memory of the righteous is celebrated with praise, * but for you, O Furerunner, the Lord’s testimony is enough. * You were shown to be more honorable than the prophets, * since you were deemed worthy to baptize in the waters the Lord you had 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 to grant us great mercy. (twice)

Glory – Troparion of the saints, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion of the Forerunner,  Tone 2.  The memory of the righteous is celebrated with praise, * but for you, O Furerunner, the Lord’s testimony is enough. * You were shown to be more honorable than the prophets, * since you were deemed worthy to baptize in the waters the Lord you had 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 to grant us great mercy. (twice)

Troparion of the saints, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Kontakion of the Forerunner, Tone 4.   Herod sinned in handing over your precious head to his wife. * Herodias danced at first but now groans and weeps. * We bow before it in reverence * and now are filled with joy.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the saints, Tone 8.   These glorious saints were inflamed with love for Christ * and shouldered his cross with zeal and fervor. * They imitated his life * and entered his glory. * Standing before his throne, O Alexander, John, and Paul, * pray for the salvation of our souls.

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:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the psalm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel: (of the day)

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