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St. John the Baptist

An icon of St. John the Baptist.

The Icon

Feast Day - January 7th

A very finely painted Russian icon of the Stroganov school from the 17th century. This icon has been put into a more recent panel. John was preparing the way for the One who would be followed. As the Predecessor of the Lord he appeared amongst the people. He is the angel who was sent before Him, which is the reason why he is depicted in the icon as a Forerunner with wings.

Troparion in tone 2

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise,
But the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner.
You were shown indeed to be the most Honorable of the Prophets,
For in the waters you baptize the one whom you preached.
After suffering with joy on behalf of the truth,
You proclaimed even to those in hell the God who appeared in the flesh
Who takes away the sin of the world,
And grants us great mercy!

Kontakion in tone 6

The river Jordan trembled, and was driven back
Filled with fear at Your coming in the flesh,
While John drew back in awe
As he fulfilled the ministry of the Spirit.
The ranks of angels stood amazed,
When they beheld You baptized in the stream,
And we, who were in darkness, are filled with light,
Praising You, God made manifest, who enlightens all!

Kontakion in tone 4

You have appeared as a most brilliant light,
Illumining with divine rays those who cry to you in faith:
Pray for us to Christ our God,
Who appeared in the streams of the Jordan
And enlightened the human race.

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