Friday, August 29, 2008

Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist

What shall we call you, O Prophet? Angel, Apostle or Martyr? An angel, for you lived like the bodiless powers. An apsotle, for you taught the nations. A martyr, for you were beheaded for Christ. Pray to Him that our souls be granted great mercy.

We celebrate the memorial of the beheading of the Forerunner: his head once gushed forth streams of blood upon the platter; now it gushes forth rivers of healings upon the world.

From the Menaion, Great Vespers, 29 August

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