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Nativity of the Forerunner

Nativity of the Forerunner

Nativity of Forerunner and Baptist John – June 24

Troparion of the Forerunner, Tone 4

O Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ, we honour thee lovingly but cannot extol thee worthily; for by thy birth thy mother's barrenness and thy father's dumbness were unloosed; and the Incarnation of the Son of God is proclaimed to the world.

Kontakion of St. John the Baptist, Tone 3

The formerly barren one today gives birth to the Forerunner of Christ Who is the fulfillment of prophecy. For the Prophet, Herald and Forerunner of the Word submitted to Him Whom the prophets foretold by laying his hand on Him in the Jordan.