Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Forerunner

We who eagerly honor you 
are unable, O Prophet,
Forerunner of the presence of Christ,
to extol you as it is meet to do;
for by your noble and solemn nativity
the barrenness of your mother
was undone,
and the tongue of your father
was loosened,
and to the world was proclaimed
the Incarnation of the Son of God.

(Troparion for the Nativity
of the Forerunner,
St. John the Baptist,
Byzantine Liturgy, June 24)