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20. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE
Elder Amphilochios of Patmos:
St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
We must consider all people to be greater than ourselves,
although they may have many weaknesses.
We are in a dark room,
We must never act with harshness, waving our arms –
but always think that each person trying to get rid of the Darkness.
has the same destination as ourselves.
But Darkness is not dispelled like that.
By the Grace of God
we must consider all others to be Saintly
and far greater and more worthy We must open a Window
than ourselves! to let in some Light
and only then will the Darkness flee.

It is Light that dispels Darkness.

So let us study Holy Scripture,


the Lives of the Saints,
and of our Holy Fathers.

This is the Sacred, Eternal Light


that gets rid of the Darkness.

2. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 19.
Ke egeneto epi pantas fovos tous And Fear came on all who dwelt around
perioikontas aftous, ke en oli ti orini them. And all these sayings were
tis Ioudeas dielalito panta ta rimata discussed throughout all the hill

The Nativity of St John the Baptist


tafta, ke ethento pantes i akousantes country of Judea. And all those who
en ti kardia afton legontes: “Ti ara to heard them, kept them in their
pedion touto este?” hearts, saying: “What kind of child
will this be?”
Ke Hir Kyriou in met aftou. And the Hand of the Lord was with
...Ke Zaharias, O Patir aftou, eplisthi him.
Pnevmatos Agiou ke Proefitefse ...And Zacharias, his Father, was filled Barrenness and Prophesy are two interconnected themes which
legon: “Evlogitos Kyrios, O Theos tou with the Holy Spirit, and Prophesied, permeate the Feast of St John the Baptist’s Nativity, for his
Israil! Oti Epeskepsato ke epiise saying: “Blessed is the Lord God of
Litrosin to Lao Aftou... Israel! For He has Visited and
Righteous Mother, St Elizabeth’s infertility was used by God
Redeemed His People... to reveal His infinite Love for His entire Creation, which is
“Ke Si, Pedion, ‘Profitis Ipsistou’ klithisi. “And Thou, Child, will be called ‘the expressed by His Divine Power and Glory that enabled the
Prophet of the Highest.’ aged Aunt of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary to conceive.
“Proporefsi gar pro Prosopou Kyriou “Thou will go before the Face of the The conception and birth of St John the Baptist points to the
etimase Odous Aftou...” Lord to prepare His Ways...” termination - not only of childlessness of St Zachariah and
...To de Pedion iixane ke ekrateouto ...The Child grew and became strong in St Elizabeth - but also of cosmic and Spiritual Barrenness,
pnevmati, ke in en tes erimis eos spirit, and was in the desert until the
imeras Anadixeos aftou pros ton day of his Manifestation to Israel. for sin and Death had rendered Creation incapable of
Israil. nurturing and sustaining life due to the domination of
Death, since Adam’s Fall, which aborted all life that was
created to abide in the Bosom of God.
Today we Testify to the Renewal of Creation, which was
affirmed by the healthy birth of St John the Baptist and
Forerunner to Christ (Who was Born into our world six
Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnika months later.) Previously bound by Death and infertility,
God’s Beautiful Creation began to reflect Its True Identity
when, from the aged, childless St Elizabeth, the Holy
Forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is Life Itself,
emerged..
Joy is Thankfulness By celebrating the Nativity of St John we express our profound
And when we are Joyful Gratitude to God Who has Delivered us from the horrible
That is the best expression of gratitude corruption of Death that not only robs us of our biological
That we can offer existence but strives to impair and ultimately smother the
to our Lord creative powers of our mind and heart.
Consequently, human creativity, now imbued with Hope and
Who Delivers us from all sorrow and sin
Life, is urged on by Divine Love to Transcend our inherent
limitations – and, finding our highest expression in True
Worship, our human creativity is joined to Eternal Divine
Life.
Our humanity and unique energy gradually achieves -
through concerted, striving Ascetic Effort - Blessed Harmony
18. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 3.
with the Divine Energy and hence the unfolding of the “Anth’ on ouk epistefsas tis logis mou, “Because Thou did not believe my words
Eternal Ascent into the Kingdom, which is to come. As itines plirothisonte is ton keron they will be fulfilled in their own
Members of the Body of Christ, we are Endowed with a afton.” time.”

Prophetic Calling to proclaim and to show that the Ke in O laos prosdokon ton Zaharian, ke And the people waited for Zacharias,
ethavmazon en to hronizin afton en and they marvelled that he lingered
unfruitfulness of Creation has been Renewed with Life. to Nao. so long in the Temple.
In the midst of desolation, God brought St John into the world - Elthon de ouk idinato lalise aftis, ke When he came out, he could not speak
the Greatest of all His Holy Prophets - to prepare the Way of epegnosasn oti optasian eoraken en to them, and they perceived that he
our Lord. Like St John, we must continue announcing the to Nao had seen a Vision in the Temple.
Prophetic Word that awakens Creation from the barren Ke aftos in dianevon aftis, ke diemene And he beckoned to them, and
kofos. remained speechless.
slumber of sin. Like St John, we are Commissioned to lead
an anxious, searching humanity to Repentance whereby we Ke egeneto os eplisthisan e imere tis And, as soon as the days of his service
litourgias aftou, apilthen is ton ikon were completed, he departed to his
are drawn into the warm, comforting Embrace of our Divine aftou. own house.
Life-Giver. Meta de taftas tas imeras sinelaven At that time, Elizabeth, the wife of
St John the Baptist prepared the first Israel for the Coming of the Elisavet, i Gyni aftou. Zaharias conceived.
Messiah by calling to Repentance and Baptism a Faithful Ke periekriven eaftin minas pente, And she hid herself for five months,
Remnant who had for so long awaited the Appearance of the legousa: “Oti outo mi pepiiken O saying: “Thus has the Lord dealt with
Kyrios, en imeres es epiden afelin to me, in the days when He looked on
Divine Messiah, thereby providing the human component of onidos mou en athropis.” me, to take away my reproach
His Holy Church – i.e. the New Israel. among people.”
Now we are responsible for continuing that Holy Call to ...Ti de Elisavet eplisthi O hronos tou ...Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her
Repentance, which leads to the Holy Mystery of Baptism of tekin aftin, ke egennisen iion. to be delivered. And she brought
forth a son.
Water and the Holy Spirit that enables all mankind to
Ke ikousan i periiki ke i singenis aftis oti And when her neighbours and relatives
become One with the Sacred Passover that takes us from emegaline Kyrios to Eleos Aftou met’ heard how the Lord had shown
Spiritual Death to Eternal, Spiritual Life in Christ, which aftis, ke sineheron afti. Great Mercy to her, they rejoiced
ought to compelsus to prophesy our Lord Jesus Christ’s with her.

Glorious Second Reappearance in all His Glory and Majesty Ke egeneto en ti Ogdoi Imera ilthon And on the Eighth Day, they went to
pertemin to pedion, ke ekaloun afto circumcise the child, and they would
and Might for all Creation to behold and to worship. epi to onomati tou Patros Aftou, have named him by the name of his
The Natitivy of St John the Baptist affirms the Great Victory of Zaharian. father, Zacharias.
Regenerated and Transfigured Life, for the Joyous Core of Ke apokrithisa i Mitir Aftou ipen: “Ouhi! And His mother said: “No! For he shall
this Feast is our emergence from the emptiness of sin and All’ klithiset ‘Ioannis.’” be called ‘John.’”
Death – the beginning and end of the Holy Church of Ke ipon pros aftin: “Oti oudis estin en ti And they said to her: “There is no one
singenia sou os kalite to onomati among your relatives who is called
Christ’s Mission to and for the entire world. touto. by this name.”
FATHER ROBERT M. ARIDA (2003)
HTTP://HOLYTRINITYORTHODOX.ORG/SERMONS/NATIVITY Enenevon de to Patri Aftou to ti an thli They made signs to his father – what he
kalisthe afton. would have him called.
Ke etisas pnakidion egrapse legon: And he asked for a writing tablet, and
“’Ioannis’ esti to onoma aftou.” wrote, saying: “’John’ is his name.”
Ke ethavmasan pantes. And they all marvelled.
Aneohthi de to stoma aftou parahrima Immediately his mouth was opened, and
ke iglossa aftou, ke elali Evlogon ton his tongue loosened, and he spoke,
Theon. Blessing God.

4. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 17.
Egeneto de en to Ieratevin afton en ti While he was serving as Priest before
taxi tis efimerias aftou enanti tou God in the Order of his Division,
Theou, kata to ethos tis Ieratias elahe according to the custom of the
tou Thimiase iselthon is ton Naon tou
Kyriou.
Priesthood, his lot fell to burn
incense when he went into the Matins Hymns – Nativity of St John Baptist
Temple of the Lord.
KINDLY USE THE SERVICE BOOK UNTIL THIS POINT, THEN CAREFULLY FOLLOW
Ke pan to plithos in tou laou And a whole multitude of the people INSTRUCTIONS WITH REGARD TO THESE HYMNS
prosevhomenon exo ti Ora tou was praying outside at the Hour of
Thimiamatos. Incense. P SALM 117 /118
Ofthi de afto Angelos Kyriou estos ek An Angel of the Lord appeared to him, PRAISE TO GOD FOR HIS EVERLASTING MERCY
dexion tou Thisiastiriou tou standing on the right side of the Theos Kyrios ke Epefanen imin. The Lord is God, and has Appeared to
Thimiamatos. Altar of Incense. Evlogimenos O erhomenos en us. Blessed is He Who comes in the
Ke etarahthi Zaharias idon, ke Fovos And when Zacharias saw him, he was Onomati Kyriou! Name of the Lord!
epepesen ep’ afton. troubled, and Fear fell upon him. 1. Exomologisthe to Kyrio, oti Agathos, 1. Confess the Lord, for He is Good;
Ipe de pros afton O angelos: Mi Fovou, The Angel said to him: “Fear not, oti is ton eona to Eleos Aftou! ✶ for His Mercy endures forever! ✶
Zaharia. Zacharias! 2. Panta ta Ethni ekiklosan me, ke to 2. All the Nations surrounded me, but
Dioti isikousthi i Deisis Sou, ke i Gyni “Thy Prayer is heard, and Thy wife, Onomati Kyriou inamin aftous. ✶ in the Name of the Lord I drove
Sou, Elisavet, gennisi iion Si, ke Elizabeth, will bear Thee a son, and 3. Para Kyriou egeneto afti, ke esti them back. ✶
kalesis to onoma aftou ‘Ioannin.’ Thou shalt call his name ‘John.’ Thavmasti en ofthalmis imon. ✶ 3. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is
“Ke este hara Si ke Agaliasis, ke polli epi “And Thou will have Joy and Gladness, Marvellous in our eyes. ✶
ti gennisi aftou harisonte. and many will rejoice at his birth. M E NAION - F E STAL AP OLY TIKION –S T JO H N B APTIST -TO NE 4

Profita ke Prodrome, tis Parousias O Prophet and Forerunner of the


“Este gar megas enopion tou Kyriou, ke “He will be Great in the Sight of the Hristou, Axios evfimise Se ouk Appearance of Christ, with longing
inon ke sikera ou mi pii. Lord, and shall drink neither wine evporoumen imis, i potho timontes we honour Thee, although we have
nor strong drink. Se. Stirosis gar tekousis, ke Patros not the means of extolling Thee
“Ke Pnevmatos Agiou plisthisete eti ek “And he will be filled with the Holy Afonia, lelinte ti Endoxo, ke septi Sou worthily. Thy Birth, which was
kilias mitros Aftou. Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. gennisei, ke sarkosis Iiou tou Theou, Exalted and Most Glorious, ended
kosmo kirittete. the barrenness of Thy Mother, and
“Ke pollous ton Iion Israil epistrepsi epi “And he will turn many of the Sons of the muteness of Thy Father. And
Kyrion ton Theon afton. Israel to the Lord their God. unto the world it announced the
“Ke aftos proelefsete enopion Aftou en “And he will go before Him in the Spirit Incarnation of God the Word.
Pnevmati ke Dinami Iliou, and Power of Elijah, ‘...to turn the ✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
‘...epistrepse kardias Pateron epi hearts of the Fathers to the ✶ and to the Holy Spirit ✶
Tekna ke apithis en fronisi Dikeon, Children...’ and the disobedient to the Ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton Now and forever, and to the Ages of
etimase Kyrio laon Wisdom of the Just, to make ready a eonon.
kateskevsasmenon.” people prepared for the Lord.” ages.

Ke iper Zaharas pros ton Angelon: And Zacharias said to the Angel: “How
Amin Amen
“Kata ti gnosome touto? Ego gar imi shall I know this? I am an old man, T H E OTOKION - T ONE 4
presvitis ke i gyni mou provevikiia en and my wife is well advanced in To ap’ eonos Apokrifon ke Angelis O Theotokos, through Thee was
tes imeres aftis.” years.” Agnoston Mystirion, dia Sou Theotoke revealed to us on earth, the
Ke apokrithis O Angelos ipen afto: “Ego And the Angel answered and said to tis epi gis pefanerote. Theos en Mystery, which was hidden from
imi Gavriil O parestikos enopion tou him: “I am Gabriel who stands in the asighito enosi sarkoumenos. Ke Eternity, and which the Angels
Theou. Presence of God. Stavron ekousios iper imon themselves knew not: that God,
katadexamenos. Di ou Anastisas ton uniting Natures without confusion,
“Ke apestalin lalise pros Se ke And was sent to speak to Thee and
Protoplaston, esosen ek Thanatou tas became Man and accepted
Evangelisasthe Si tafta. bring Thee these Glad Tidings. psihas imon. crucifixion voluntarily for our
“Ke idou! esi siopon ke mi dinamenos “And behold! Thou will be mute and not Salvation; by virtue of which
lalise ahri is imeras genite tafta. able to speak until the day these S M ALL LI TANY  Resurrecting mankind whom He
things take place. had first created, He Saved our
souls from Death.

16. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 5.
MENAION -FIRST FESTAL KATHISMA – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST - TONE 4
Os en imera, efshimonos peripatisomen As in the day, let us walk properly – not
Nin evlastisen imin, tou Zahariou O Unto us now has the son of Zacharias -mi komis ke methes, mi kites ke in revelry and drunkenness, not in
Vlastos, ke evfreni noitos, tas dianias been born, and he mystically grants aselgies, mi eridi ke zilo, all’ lewdness and lust, not in strife and
ton Piston, to tis erimou kallopisma, Joy to the minds of the Faithful. He endisasthe ton Kyrion Iisoun Hriston - envy, but put on the Lord Jesus
ke Profiton i Kripis. Othen tou is the desert’s ornamen, and the ke tis sarkos pronian mi piisthe is Christ - and for the flesh, make no
Hristou edihthi Prodromos, ke Martys Pedestal of Prophets. And thus he epithimias. provision to fulfil its lusts.
apsevdis, tis parousias aftou. became the Forerunner who testies
Pnevmatikis oun asmasi, simfonos to the Truth of the Coming of Christ.
Ton de asthenounta ti Pisti Receive those who are weak in Faith,
proslamvanesthe, mi is diakrisis but do not dispute over doubtful
Vaptisti ekvoisomen. Profita Kirix, tis So let us cry aloud unto the Baptist,
dialogismon. things.
Alithias, Presveve tou Sothine imas. singing in unison Spiritual Songs; O
Intercede for our Salvation, O Os men Pistevi fagin panta - O de One believes that he may eat all things -
Prophet and Herald of Truth! asthenon lahana esthii. he who is weak, eats only vegetables.
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, O esthion ton mi esthionta mi Let him who eats, not despise him who
ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, both now exouthenito, ke O mi esthion ton does not eat, and let him who does
eonon. and forever, and to the Ages of esthionta mi krineto - O Theos gar not eat, not judge him who eats -
ages. afton proselaveto. God has received him.
Amin Amen Si tis is O krinon allotrion iketin? Who are you to judge Another’s
THEOTOKION BY ROMANOS - TONE 4 servant?
Kateplagi Iosif, to iper fisin theoron, ke At Thy conceiving without seed, O To idio Kyrio stiki i pipit, stathisete de. To his own Master he stands or falls.
elamvanen is noun, ton epi pokon Theotokos, Joseph was struck with Dinatos gar estin O Theos stise afton. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for
veton, en ti asporo sillipsi Sou wonder as he contemplated what God is able to make him stand.
Theotoke. Vaton en piri was beyond nature, and he brought
H OLY G OSPE L A CC ORD ING TO S T L UKE 1: 1-25; 57- 68; 76 & 80
akataflekton, ravdon Aaron tin to mind the Dew on the fleece, the PROPHECY, C ONCEPTION & NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAP TIST
vlastisasan: ke martiron O mnistor Bush unburnt by Fire, Aaron’s Rod
Sou ke filax tis Ierefsin ekravgaze that blossomed; and Thy Betrothed Epidiper polli epehirisan anataxasthe Inasmuch as many have taken in hand
Parthenos tikti, ke meta tokon, palin and Guardian bore witness and cried diigisin peri ton pepliroforimenon en to set in order a narrative of those
meni Parthenos. unto the Priests: A Virgin bears a imin progmatonkathos paredosan things that have been fulfilled
Child, and after Child-birth, remains imin i ap’ arhis avtopte ke ipirete among us - just as those who, from
still a Virgin! genomeni tou Logou, edoxe kami, the beginning, were eyewitnesses
MENAION - SECOND KATHISMA – ST JOHN BAPTIST- TONE (8) PLAGAL 4 parikolouthikoti anothen pasin and ministers of the Word, delivered
akrivos, kathexis si grapes, kratiste them to us - it seemed good to me
Tis Hristou Parousias i aparhi, Thou were born in a truly uncommon Theofile, ina epignos peri on also, having had perfect
paradoxos etehthis os Alithos, Ioanni manner as the First Fruits of the katihithis logon tin asfalian. understanding of all things from the
panevfime, ton Profiton to Kefaleon, Appearance of Christ, O John, very first, to write to you an orderly
ke os foni tou Logou, iparhon praised in all the world, and the account, most excellent Theophilos,
ekravgazes. Metanoite. Ingiken, paramount of Prophets. And as so that you may know the certainty
Ouranon to Vasilion. Othen Thou were the Voice of the Logos of those things in which you were
etimasas, tin odon tou Kyriou, tis Thou cried aloud: Repent, for the instructed.
Haritos Prodromos, anedihthis tis Kingdom of Heaven has come.
perasi, Vaptista ke Apostole. Hence Thou prepared the Way of the Egeneto -en tes imeres Ierodou tou There was - in the days of Herod, the
Presveve Hristo to Theo, ton Master, becoming the Forerunner of Vasileos tis Ioudeas - Ierefs tis King of Judea - a certain Priest
ptesmaton afesin dorisasthe, tis Divine Grace to all the world, O onomati Zaharias ex efimerias Avia, named ‘Zacharias,’ of the Division of
eortazousi potho, tin Agian mnimin Apostle and Baptist, John. Intercede ke i gyni Aftou ek ton thigateron Abijah. And his wife was one of the
Sou. with Christ our God that He grant Aaron, ke to onoma aftis Elisavet. daughters of Aaron, and her name
Forgiveness of offences to those who was ‘Elizabeth.’
with longing observe Thy Holy Isan de Dikei amfoteri enopion tou They were both Righteous before God,
Memory. Theou, poreomeni en pases tes walking in all the Commandments
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, Entoles ke Dikeomasi tou Kyriou and Ordinances of the Lord
ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, both now amempti. blameless.
eonon. and forever, and to the Ages of Ke ouk in aftis teknon, kathoti i Elisavet And they had no child, because
ages. in stira ke amfoteri provevikotes en Elizabeth was barren, and they were
Amin Amen tes imeres afton isan. both well advanced in years.

6. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 15.
T H E OTOKION – T ONE (8) P L AGAL 4
3. Vasilefsi Kyrios is ton eona, O Theos 3. The Lord shall Reign forever! Thy
Sou, Sion, is genean ke genean. God, O Zion, from generation to Panagia Parthene Mitir Theou, tis psihis O All Holy and Virgin Mother of God,
generation! mou ta pathi ta halepa, therpefson heal the difficult passions that
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, deome, ke singnomin parashou mi, plague my soul, I fervently pray
ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, both now ton emon ptesmaton, afronos on Thee, and to me grant forgiveness of
eonon. and forever, and to the Ages of epraxa tin psihin ke to soma, molinas the offences I mindlessly committed
ages. O athlios, imi! Ti piiso, en ekini ti and thus defiled both my soul and
Ora, inika i Angeli, tin psihin mou body, miserable as I am. Woe is me,
Amin Amen horizousin, ek tou athliou mou the wretch! What shall I do in that
Somatos? Tote Despina voithia mi Hour precisely when Angels will
“O MONOGENIS IIOS KE LOGOS...” genou, ke prostatis thermotatos. Se come in order to part my soul from
I SOD IKON -S M ALL EN TRANCE HY M NS gar eho Elpida, O anaxios doulos Sou. my miserable body? Then, O
Sovereign Lady, be for me my Most
M E NAION -FE STAL AP OLYTIKION - NATIVITY - S T J OH N T HE B AP TIST Earnest Helper and my Patroness.
TONE 4 For I , Thy worthless servant, have
Profita ke Prodrome tis Parousias O Prophet and Forerunner of the Thee as my only Hope.
THIRD FESTAL KATHISMA – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST - TONE (8) PLAGAL 4
Hristou, axios effimise Se ouk Coming of Christ, to praise Thee
efporoument imis, i potho timontes worthily we find no proper means, Agalliastho O Patir, Mitir evfrenou, oti Exult, O Father! Mother, rejoice! For
Se; stirosis gar tekousis, ke Patros we who cherish Thy Memory. For Profitin epi gis etekes simeron, ton Thou gave birth today on earth to
afonia, lelinte ti Endoxo ke septi Sou the barrenness of the Bearer, and Theokliton Prodromonex epangelias. the Prophet whom by God is called
gennisi, ke sarkosis Iou tou Theou, lack of speech of the Father, both I stira vrefos thilazi ton Vaptistin, ke ‘Forerunner,’ even as was Promised.
Kosmo kirittete. were loosened, in Thy Birth the Heri O Zaharias to toketo, legon. The barren one nurses her newborn
Sacred and Glorified; and the Glossa mou lelite ti Si proodo en gi, babe – the Baptist – while Zacharias
P ATRONAL AP OLY TIKION  Incarnation of the Son of God was lihne tou Megalou Fotos. Ontos is overjoyed by the birth, and says:
proclaimed to the world. Thavma Paradoxa! ‘My tongue has been loosed by Thy
S EASONAL KO NTAKION – T HE OTOKOS – T ONE (8) P L AGAL 4 birth, O Lamp of the Great Light!
Prostasia ton Hristianon akateskhinte, O Protection of the Christians This indeed is a Marvellous Miracle!’
mesitia pros ton Piitin ametathete, mi unashamable, Mediation to the ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
Paridis, amartolon deiseon fonas, alla Creator Immovable, despise not, the ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
profthason os agathi, is tin voithian pleading voices of those in sin, but eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
imon, ton pistos kravgazonton Si: hasten O Good One, to the Aid of Amin Amen
Tahinon is presvian, ke spefson is all who in Faith cry out to Thee:
T H E OTOKION – T ONE (8) P L AGAL 4
ikesian, i prostatevousa ai, Theotoke, speed up Thine Intercession, and
ton timonton Se. press on Thy Supplication, O To prostahthen Mystikos, lavon en gnosi, When he perceived what had Mystically
Theotokos who forever protects all en ti skini tou Iosif, spoudi epesti, O been ordained, to the Abode of
TRISAGION HYMN  those who honour Thee! Asomatos legon ti Apirogamo. O Joseph urgently the Incorporeal
P ROKE IME NON – P SALM 63/64 – TO NE (7) V ARY S /GR AVE klinas ti katavasi tous Ouranous, Announced to the Unwed: Having
Evfranthisete Dikeos en Kyrio ke elpii ep’ The Righteous shall be glad in the Lord, horite analiotos olos en Si. On ke bowed the Heavens in His Descent,
vlepon en mitra Sou, lavonta doulou the Lord in Thee is contained
afton. and shall Hope in Him.
morfin, existame kravgazin Si. Here, completely and without change; and
Isakouson, O theos, tis fonis mou, en to Hear my voice, O God, in my Nimfi Animfevte! beholding Him in Thy Womb, taking
desthe me pros Se. Supplication. the form of a servant, astounded, I
T H E E PISTLE OF S T P AUL TO TH E R OM ANS 13 : 11 – 14 : 4 RESURRECTION EVLOGETARIA, cry to Thee: Hail, O Unwed Bride!
TRISAGION HYMNS, THEOTOKION &
Adelphi: ...nin engiteron imon i Sotiria i Brethren: ... now our Salvation is nearer SMALL LITANY 
ote epistefsamen. than when we first believed. M E NAION - F E STAL P ROKE IME NON –S T J OH N BAP TIST - T ONE 3
I nix proekopsen - i de imera ingiken. The night is far spent – the Day is at Ke Si, Pedion, Profitis Ipsistou klithisi. And Thou, O Child, wilt be called “The
hand. Proporefsi gar pro prosopou Kyriou Prophet of the Most Hihg” for thou
Apothometha oun ta erga tou Skotous Let us cast off the works of Darkness, etimase Odous Afton. (2) wilt g before our Lord to prepare
ke endisometha ta opla tou Fotos. and let us put on the Armour of STIHOS: Evlogitos Kyrios O Theos tou His Way. [2]
Light. V E R S E Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
Israil, oti epeskepato ke epiisen
for He has Visited and Redeemed His
litrosin to Lao Aftou.✶
People. ✶

14. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 7.
Faithful.
SMALL LITANY – PRAISES
ALMIGHTY GOD ➔
TO
Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Both now and ever, and to the Ages of
eonon. ages.
H OLY G OSPE L A CC ORD ING TO S T L UKE 1: 24 – 25; 57 – 68; 76&80
Amin Amen
En tes imeres ekines sinelaven Elisavet i At that time, after those days,
T H E OTOKION – T ONE (6) P L AGAL 2
gyni pente, legousa oti: Outos mi Zachariah’s wife Elizabeth conceived;
pepiiken Kyrios en imeres es epiden and she hid herself five months, Theotoke, Si i i Ampelos i Alithini, i Theotokos, Thou art the True Vine that
afelin onidos mou en anthropis. saying: “Thus the Lord has dealt with Valstisasa ton Karpon tis Zois, Se produced the Fruit of Life. O Lady,
me, in the days when He looked on iketevomen, presveve Despina, meta we fervently Entreat Thee to
me, to take away my reproach tis Athliforou ke panton ton Agion, Intercede together with the Martyrs
among people.” eleithine tas psihas imon. and all the Saints, that our soul be
Ti de Elisavet eplisthi O hronos tou tekin Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be treated mercifully.
aftin, ke egennisen iion. delivered, and she brought forth a GREAT DOXOLOGY – RESURRECTION
son. APOLYTIKION 
Ke ikousan i periiki ke i singenis aftis oti And when her neighbours and relatives
Emegalinen Kyrios to Eleos aftou met heard how the Lord had shown Great
aftis, ke sineheron afti. Mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.
Ke egeneto en ti imera ti ogdoi ilthon
pertemin to pedion, ke ekaloun aftou
And so it was, on the eighth day, that
they went to circumcise the child;
Divine Liturgy Hymns – St John the Baptist’s Nativity
epi to onomati tou patros aftou, and they would have called him by KINDLY USE THE SERVICE BOOK UNTIL THIS POINT, THEN CAREFULLY FOLLOW
Zaharian, Ke apokrithisa i mitir the name of his father, Zacharias, INSTRUCTIONS WITH REGARD TO THESE HYMNS
aftou ipen: Ouhi! alla klithisete but his mother said: “No! He shall be F IRST FE STAL A NTIP HON - TO NE 2
Ioannis. called John.”
Ke ipan pros taftin oti oudis estin ek tis And they said to her: “There is no one
1. Evlogi,i psihi mou, ton Kyrion, ke 1. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
panta ta entos mou to Onoma to everything within me, Bless His
singenias sou os kalite to onomati among your relatives who is called by Agion Aftou. Holy Name!
touto. this name.”
✞Tes Presvies tis Theotokou, Soter, ✞Through the Intercessions of the
Enenevon de to Patri aftou to ti an theli Then they made signs to his father – Soson imas. Theotokos, O Saviour, Save us.
kalisthe afto. what he would have him called.
2. Evlogi, i pshi mou, ton Kyrion, ke mi 2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
Ke etisas pinakidion egrapsen legon, And he asked for a writing tablet, and epilanthanou pasa tas forget not all His Rewards!
Ioannis estin onoma aftou. Ke wrote: “His name is John.” And they antapodosis Aftou.
ethavmasan pantes. all marvelled.
3. Kyrios en to Ourano itimase ton 3. The Lord prepared His Throne in
Aneohthi de to stoma aftou parahrima Immediately his mouth was opened and Thronon aftou, ke i Vasilia Aftou Heaven, and His Kingdom rules
ke i glossa aftou, ke elali Evlogon ton his tongue loosened, and he spoke, panton despozi. over everything.
Theon. praising God. ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
Ke egeneto epi pantas fovos tou And fear came on all who dwelt around ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, both now
them; and all these sayings were eonon. and forever, and to the Ages of
periikountas aftous, ke en oliti orini
discussed throughout all the hill ages.
tis Ioudeas dielalito panta ta rimata
tafta, ke ethnto pantes i akousantes country of Judea. And all those who Amin Amen
en ti kardia afton, legontes, Ti ara to heard them kept them in their S EC OND F E STAL A NTIPHON – T ONE 2
pedion touto este? hearts, saying: “What kind of child
will this be?” And the Hand of the ✞ Soson imas Iie Theou, O EN AGIIS ✞ O Son of God, WHO ART EXTOLLED
Lord was with him. THAVMASTOS, psallontas Si: BY THY SAINTS, Save us who sing to
Allilouia! Thee: Alleluia
Ke Zaharias O Patir aftou eplisthi And his father, Zacharias, was filled
Eni,
with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied,
1. i psihi mou, ton Kyrion. Eneso 1. Praise the Lord, O my soul! I shall
Pnevmatos Agiou ke eprofitevsen Kyrion en ti Zoi mou. Psalo to praise the Lord while I live. I
legon: Evlogito Kyrios O Theos tou saying: “Blessed is the Lord God of
Theo mou eos iparho. shall sing to my God as long as I
Israil, oti epeskepsato ke epiisen Israel, for He has Visited and
exist!
Litrosin to Lao Aftou... Redeemed His People...
2. Makarios ou O Theos Iakov voithos 2. Blessed is he whose Help is the God
Ke Si de, pedion, profitis Ipsistou klithisi, And you, child, will be called ‘The Aftou, i Elpis Aftou epi Kyrion ton of Jacob – his Hope is in the Lord
proporefsi gar enopion Kyriou Prophet of the Highest;’ for you will Theon Aftou. his God.
etimase Odous Aftou... go before the Face of the Lord to

8. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 13.
✞Enite Afton en iho salpingos. Enite ✞Praise Him with the sound of the prepare His Ways...”
Afton en psaltirio ke kithara trumpet; praise Him with lute and ...To de Pedion iixanen ke ekrateouto ...And the child grew and became
harp. pnevmati, ke in en tes erimis eos strong in spirit, and was in the
O tou Paradoxou Thavmatos! En What a Paradoxical Miracle! He who is imeras anadixeos aftou pros ton desert until the day of his
Israil. manifestation to Israel
gennitis ginekon, Profiton te greater than those born of woman,
iperteros, mitrikis stiroseos, dialii to and Prophets all, for his mother now PSALM 50/51
egklima, O en Dinami Elthon Iliou, dispels the indictment of
M E NAION – FE STAL I D IOM EL ON –S T J OH N B AP TIST - TO NE 2
Odon Kyriou etimazomenos. O tis barrenness, as in the Spirit and
afrastou Sou, evsplaghnias Power of Elias he comes, going Eleison me, O Theos, kata to Mega Have Mercy on me, O God, according
Despotata! Di is Hriste, Soson tas before the Lord to prepare His Ways. Eleos Sou ke kata to plithos ton to Thy Great Mercy; and according
psihas imon, os Monos Evsplaghnos. Truly unutterable, O Master, is Thy iktirmon Sou exalipson to anomima to the abundance of Thy
Loving-kindness. Therefore, O mou. Compassion, blot out my
Christ, Save our souls, as Thou transgressions.
alone art Compassionate.
O ek kilias Mitros Agiasthis, ke tis He who was Sanctified from his
Enite Afton en timpano ke horo. Enite Praise Him with timbrel and dance; Profitias dexamenos to plroma, Mother’s womb, and who received
Afton en hordes ke organo. praise Him with strings and pipe simeron ek stiras gegennite, tou the Fullness of prophecy, was born
O tou Paradoxou Thavmatos! O What a Paradoxical Miracle! He who Kyriou tin elefsin kiritton tranos. today from a barren woman –
prokirixas Hristou, pros anthropous announced to all the Kenosis of “Metanoite!. Ingike gar i Vasilia distinctly proclaiming: “Repent! For
tin kenosin, iperano diknite, panton Christ our Lord by the Master’s ton Ouranon!” the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
aftou ti foni. Ke ti tekousi lii tin Voice is shown to be greater than
stirosin, dinami Thia ke Zahariou everyone. And he releases PRAYERS OF SALVATION 
Fonin. O ton megalon Sou, Elizabeth’s barrenness by Divine M E NAION -FE STAL K ONTAKION – S T JO H N THE BA P TIST - TO NE 3
Thamasion Despotsa! Di on Hriste, Power, and Zachariah’s voice. Truly I prin stira simeron, Hristou ton Today Christ’s Forerunner is born from
Soson tous timontas Sou, ton Megan magnificent, O Master art Thy
Prodromon tikti, ke aftos to pliroma, her who was barren; and of all the
Prodromon. Miracles. Therefore, O Christ, Save
pasis tis profitias. Onper gar, Prophesy he is himself the
us who honour Thy Great Baptist
proanekirixan i profite, touton di, en Fulfilment. On the Head of God the
and Forerunner.
Iordani hirothetisas, anedihthi Theou Word – Who was by the Prophets
Enite afton en kimvalis evihis. Enite Praise Him with tuneful cymbals; Logou, PROFITIS KIRIX OMOU KE heralded – he laid his hand at the
afton en kimvalis alalagmou. praise Him with loud cymbals. Let PRODROMOS. Jordan River. Thus revealing
Pasa pnoi inesato ton Kyrion. everything that has breath praise himself as HIS PROPHET AND HERALD,
the Lord. AND FORERUNNER.

O tou Paradoxou Thavmatos! En What a Paradoxical Miracle! He who M E NAION - F E STAL O IKOS - T ONE 3

gennitis gynekon, O Profitis ke leapt in the womb as the Prophet Evfimisomen nin ton tou Kyriou Let us now extol the Lord’s Forerunner,
Prodromos, iperano diknite, Profiton and Forerunner is revealed as the Prodromon, on per to Ieri i Elisavet whom Elizabeth bore to the Priest,
te iperteros, ke Prousias Hristou one who is greatest among those eteken, ek mitras akarpou, all ouhi from a fruitless womb, but not
Proangelos, O proskirtisas en ti nidii born of woman, Higher that all the asporou. Hristos gar monos horan without seed. Only Christ traversed
Mitros. O ton megiston Sou, doreon Prophets, and the Herald of the diodefsen adiodefton, asporon. Ton the Field that no one else traversed,
Filanthrope! Di on Hriste, Soson tas Coming of Christ. Great and Ioannin stira egennisen. Anef de that was truly Without Seed. John
psihas imon, os Pantodinamos. Magnificent, O Loving Master, art andros touton ouk eteke. Ton de was borne by a barren woman who
Thy Gifts! Therefore, O Christ, Save Iisoun episkiasi Patros ke Pnevmatos bore him with the agency of a man,
our souls, as Thou alone art the Thiou, Parthenos eteken Agni. Alla whereas Jesus was borne of a Pure
Almighty One. tou ek Parthenou anedhthi O ek Virgin, by the Overshadowing of the
✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, stiras, PROFITIS KIRIX OMOU KE Father and the Divine Spirit. Yet the
and to the Holy Spirit PRODROMOS. son of the Barren One revealed
MENAION - FESTAL IDIOMELA – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST – TONE (6) PLAGAL 2
himself as the Virgin’s Son’s PROPHET
AND HERALD, AND FORERUNNER.
Astir asteron Prodromos, stirotikis ek Star of stars, the Forerunner, from a S Y NAX ARION – 24 JU NE
nidios, epi gis tiktete simeron, Ioannis barren womb is born on earth today:
O Theopothitos, ke Hristou epifeni tin John Loved by God. And he Ti K∆’ tou aftou minos, to Genethlion On the 24th day of this month we
avgin, anatolin tin ex ipsous, is manifests the resplendent dawning eortazomen tou Timiou ke Endoxou celebrate the Nativity of Venerable
evthian Poistis diavasin. of Christ, the Orient from on High, Profitou, Prodromou ke Vaptistou and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner
for the straight passage of the Ioannou. and Baptist, St John.

12. MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE MATLIT HYMNS – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST’S NATIVITY – 24 JUNE 9.
K ATAV ASIA OF THE EVER BL ESSE D T HE OTOKOS - 9T H O DE
Tes aftou Agiis Presvies, O Theos, By his Holy Intercessions, O God, have
Eleison imas. Mercy on us. Apas gigenis skiratato to pnevmati Let every mortal born on earth,
lampadouhoumenos. Panigirizeto de carrying his lamp, in spirit leap for
Amin Amen ailon noon fisis, gererousa TA IERA Joy; and let the Orders of Angelic
K ATAV ASIA OF THE EVER BL ESSE D T HE OTOKOS - T ONE 4 THAVMASIA tis Theomitoros ke voato. Powers celebrate and honour THE
Heris, Pammakariste Theotoke Agni, HOLY FEAST of the Theotokos, and
ODI 1 Anixo to stoma mou ke ODE 1 I shall open my mouth and the Aiparthene. let them cry: “Hail, All Blessed
plirothisete Pnevmatos ke logon Spirit will inspire it, and I shall utter Theotokos, Pure and Ever Virgin!”
erevxome ti Vasilidi Mitri. Ke the words of my song to the Queen SMALL LITANY & PRAISES 
ofthisome fedros Panigirizon ke aso and Mother: I shall be seen
F E STAL EX APOSTE IL ARION – S T J OHN TH E B AP TIST - T ONE 2
gnothomenos TAFTIS TA THAVMATA. radiantly keeping Feast and
JOYFULLY PRAISING HER MIRACLES To tou Prodromou simeron, haropion The gladdening Nativity today of John
ODI 3 TousSous Imnologous, Theotoke, ODE 3 OMother of God, Thou living Genethlion, to skithropon dialii, tis the Forerunner dispels the sadness
izosa ke Afthonos Pigi, Thiason and plentiful Fount, grant strength tou Patros afonias, ke tis tekousis attached to the voicelessness of his
Sigkrotisantas Pnevmatikon, to those united in Spiritual stirosin. Minii de tin mellousan, Father and to his Mother’s
stereoson. Ke en ti Thia Doxi Sou Fellowship, who sing Hymns of haran ke agalliasin. Dio ke pasa i childlessness. Moreover it proclaims
Stefanon Doxis axioson. Praise to Thee: and in Thy Divine Ktisis, afto fedros eortazi. the Joy and Exultation still to come.
Glory grant them Crowns of Glory. Wherefore is all Creation joyfully
celebrating it.
ODI 4 Tin anexihniaston Thian Voulin ODE 4 Perceiving the Unsearchable
T H E OTOKION – T ONE 2
tis ek tis Parthenou sarkoseos Sou to Purpose of God concerning Thine
Ipsistou O Profitis Abbakoum Incarnation from a Virgin, O Most Profite proekirixan, Apostoli edidaxan, The Prophets of old, proclaimed and
katanoon ekravgaxe. Doxa ti Dinami High, the Prophet Habakkuk cried: ke Martyres Theofronos, ton Son Iion later, the Apostles taught, and
Sou, Kyrie Glory to Thy Power, O Lord! Theotoke, tranos kathomologisan, Godly-minded Martyrs Confessed
5 The whole world was amazed
Theon ton olon Panagne, meth’ on Se distinctly, O Pure One, Thy Son to be
ODI 5 Exesti
ta simpanta epi ti Thia ODE
Megalinomen, i dia Sou litrothentes, the God of all, O Theotokos, and
Doxi Sou. Si gar, apirogame at Thy Divine Glory: for Thou, O
tis paleas katadikis. with them, we Magnify Thee, for
Parthene, eshes en Mitra ton epi Virgin, Who has not known wedlock,
through Thee, O Virgin, we were
Panton Theon ke tetokas ahronon has been Translated from earth to
Redeemed from our former
Iion, pasi tis imnousi Se Sotirian the Eternal Mansions to the Life
Condemnation.
vravevousa. without end, bestowing Salvation
L AU D S: T HE P RAISE S TO GOD P SAL M 1 48
upon all who sing Thy praises. ALL CR E ATIO N PR AIS ES T HE LORD OUR GOD

ODI 6 Tin Thian Taftin ke Pantimon ODE 6 As we celebrate this Sacred and Pasa pnoi enesato ton Kyrion. Enite Let everything that has breath praise
Telountes Eortin i Theofrones tis Solemn Feast of the Theotokos, let ton Kyrion ek ton Ouranon. Enite the Lord. Praise the Lord from the
Theomitoros, defte tas hiras us come, clapping our hands, O Afton en tis Ipsistis. Si prepi imnos Heavens; praise Him in the Highest.
krotisomen, ton ex aftis tehthenta people of the Lord, and Glorifying to Theo. To Thee praise is due, O God.
Theon Doxazontes. God Who was Born of her.
7 The Holy Children bravely
Enite Afton, pantes i Angelli Aftou. Praise Him, all His Angels; praise Him,
ODI 7 Ouk elatrefsan ti ktisi i ODE
Enite Afton, pase e Dinamis Aftou. all His Powers. To Thee praise is
Theoforones para ton Ktisanta. Alla trampled upon the threatening fire, Si prepi imnos to Theo. due, O God.
piros apilin andrios patisantes, preferring not to worship created
L AUD S - FESTAL IDIOMELA – ST JOHN THE BAPTIST - TONE (8) PLAGAL 4
herontes epsallon. Iperimnite, O ton things rather than the Creator, and
Pateron Kyrios ke Theos, Evlogitos i. they sang in Joy: “Blessed art Thou ✞Enite Afton epi tes Dinasties Afton. ✞Praise Him for His Mighty Acts;
and praised above all: O Lord God of Enite Afton kata to plithos tis praise Him according to the
our Fathers!” Megalosinis Aftou. Greatness of His Majesty.
ODI 8 ✞Enoumen, Evlogoumen ke ODE 8 ✞We Praise, we Bless and we O tou Paradoxou Thavmatos! Ek What a Paradoxical Miracle! The Holy
Proskinoumen ton Kyrios. Worship the Lord! giraleas mitros, Theou Logou Forerunner John, as the Herald of
Pedas evagis en ti kamino O Tokos tis The Offspring of the Theotokos saved Proangelos, Ioannis simeron God the Word, hastens to come forth
Theotokou diesosato, tote men the Holy Children in the furnace. proelthian katepigete. Tin today from his elderly mother’s
tipoumenos, nin de energoumenos tin He Who was then prefigured has desmevthisan glossan tranotata, dia womb. And by his birth he renders
ikoumenin apasan agiri psallousan. since been born on earth, and He tou tokou evlalon diknisin. O tis his father’s tongue, that had been
Ton Kyrion imnite ta Erga ke gathers together all Creation to sing: afatou Sou, promithias Despota! Di’ is fettered, distinctly eloquent. Truly
iperipsoute is pantas tous eonas. “O ye Works of the Lord: Bless ye the Hriste, Soson tas psihas imon, os ineffable, O Master, is Thy
Lord and exalt Him above all monos eesplaghnos. Providence! Therefore, O Christ,
MAGNIFICAT  forever!” Save our souls, as Thou alone art
Compassionate
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