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Selections from Theophany Services + MATINS CANON



SERVICES FOR 8/21 FOUND HERE:


Friday 6/19 
Fast-free Day. 
Friday of the Thirty-third Week after Pentecost. Tone VII. 
HOLY THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. NHM Romanus of Lacedæmonia, beheaded by the Turks in Constantinople (1695). NMM Presbyter Andrew; Lydia, his wife; Domnica, his mother-in-law; Maria and two other daughters; and their maidservant; at Chernigovka (near Vladivostok) (1919). 
Rep. Schema-monk Nicholas of Valaam (1824). Rep. Schema-monk Sergius (Yanovsky), disciple of St. Herman of Alaska (1876). 
Dismissal: May Christ our true God, who for our salvation deigned to be baptized by John in the Jordan... 
Great Vespers and the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 
The service is performed as set forth in ODS III, pages 133-135. 
Thirteen Old Testament readings: 
(1) Gen 1:1-13
(2) Ex 14:15-18, 21-23, 27-29a (3) Ex 15:22-16:1a
(4) Josh 3:7-8, 15-17
(5) IV [II] Kings 2:6-14
(6) IV [II] Kings 5:9-14
(7) Isa 1:16-20
(8) Gen 32:1-10a
(9) Ex 2:5-10
(10) Judges 6:36-40
(11) III [I] Kings 18:30-39
(12) IV [II] Kings 2:19-22
(13) Isa 49:8-15 
Epistle: I Cor §143 (9:19-27) 
Gospel: Luke §9 (3:1-18) 
Great Sanctification of Water 
Immediately after the Prayer Behind the Ambo, while singing the idiomelon, The voice of the Lord..., the procession to the narthex takes place, where the Great Sanctification of Water is performed as set forth in the Menaion or Euchologion (Trebnik). 
Three Old Testament readings: (1) Isa 35:1-10, (2) Isa 55:1-13, (3) Isa 12:3-6 Epistle: I Cor §143 from the midpoint (10:1-4). Gospel: Mark §2 (1:9-11). 
After the sprinkling of the sanctified water, upon entering the church, Glory..., Now & ever..., and the idiomelon, O ye faithful, let us hymn..., are sung. The Liturgy then continues as usual (see ODS III, pages 134-135). 
The remaining services of Theophany are performed as specified in ODS III, pages 135-136. 
Matins 
Gospel: Mark §2 (1:9-11)
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Epistle: Titus §302 (2:11-14; 3: 4-7). Gospel: Matt §6 (3:13-17). 
The Epistle and Gospel readings from the daily lectionary are omitted. They will be read later in the cycle. 

FYI - worth reading through if you can not attend the service.
Great Blessing of Water (?) 
Great Blessing of Water (Whiteford)



 Selections from Theophany Services + MATINS CANON
At the fifth hour of the day [i.e., 11 o'clock in the morning], the great bell is tolled, and afterward all the heavy bells. 


STICHERA AT LORD I HAVE CRIED
In Tone II: 
The forerunner, beholding our Enlightener, Who illumineth every man, coming to be baptized, rejoiceth in soul and trembleth. He pointeth to Him with his hand and saith to the people: "This is He Who delivereth Israel, Who freeth us from corruption! O sinless Christ our God, glory be to Thee!" 

When our Deliverer was baptized by His servant and borne witness to by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the angelic armies, looking on, were stricken with awe; and a voice was borne down from the Father in heaven: "He Whom the forerunner baptized with his hand is My beloved Son, in Whom I have been well-pleased!" O Christ our God, glory be to Thee!

The currents of the Jordan received Thee, the Well-spring, and the Comforter descended upon Thee in the form of a dove. Thou Who bowed down the heavens dost bow Thy head, and clay crieth out to the Potter: "What dost Thou command me to do, O Thou Who art greater than all, It is I who must needs be baptized of Thee! O sinless Christ our God, glory be to Thee!"  

Desiring to save man who had become lost, Thou didst deign to clothe Thyself in the guise of a servant; for it was fitting that Thou, our Master and God assume our form: for when Thou wast baptized in the flesh, O Deliverer, Thou didst vouchsafe remission unto us. Wherefore, we cry out to Thee: O Christ our God, glory be to Thee! 

Glory ..., Now & ever ...the composition of Byzantius, in the same tone: 
Thou didst bow Thy head before the Forerunner, and didst crush the heads of the serpents. Having come to the streams, thou didst illumine all things, that they may glorify Thee, O Savior, the Enlightener of our souls. 




 GREAT PROKIMENON (Friday only, otherwise use daily prokimenon)
Reader: The Great Prokimenon, in Tone VII: Our God is in heaven and on earth; all things whatsoever He hath willed, He hath done. 
Choir: Our God is in heaven and on earth; all things whatsoever He hath willed, He hath done.

Reader: When Israel went out of Egypt, and thou house of Jacob from among a barbarous people, Judea became His sanctuary, Israel His dominion.
Choir: Our God is in heaven and on earth; all things whatsoever He hath willed, He hath done.

Reader: The sea beheld and fled, Jordan turned back.
Choir: Our God is in heaven and on earth; all things whatsoever He hath willed, He hath done.

Reader: What aileth thee, O sea, that thou fleddest? And thou Jordan, that thou didst turn back? 
Choir: Our God is in heaven and on earth; all things whatsoever He hath willed, He hath done.

Reader: Our God is in heaven and on earth; 
Choir:  all things whatsoever He hath willed, He hath done.



SCRIPTURE READINGS
Thirteen Old Testament readings: 
(1) Gen 1:1-13
(2) Ex 14:15-18, 21-23, 27-29a (3) Ex 15:22-16:1a
(4) Josh 3:7-8, 15-17
(5) IV [II] Kings 2:6-14
(6) IV [II] Kings 5:9-14
(7) Isa 1:16-20
(8) Gen 32:1-10a
(9) Ex 2:5-10
(10) Judges 6:36-40
(11) III [I] Kings 18:30-39
(12) IV [II] Kings 2:19-22
(13) Isa 49:8-15 


A READING FROM GENESIS 
In the beginning God made the heaven and the earth. But the earth was unsightly and unfurnished, and darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God moved over the water. And God said: "Let there be light!", and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good, and God divided between the light and the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night; and there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said: "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the water, and let it be a division between water and water!", and it was so. And God made the firmament, and God divided between the water which was under the firma- ment and the water which was above the firmament. And God called the firmament heaven; and God saw that it was good: and there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said: "Let the water which is under the heaven be collected into one place, and let the dry land appear!"; and it was so. And the water which was under the heaven was collected into its places, and the dry land appeared. And God called the dry land earth, and the gatherings of the waters he called seas; and God saw that it was good. And God said: "Let the earth bring forth the herb of grass bearing seed, according to its kind and according to its likeness, and the fruit-trees bearing fruit, whose seed is in it, according to its kind on the earth!"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth the herb of grass bearing seed, according to its kind and according to its likeness, and the fruit-tree bearing fruit, whose seed is in it, according to its kind on the earth; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 
A READING FROM EXODUS 
The Lord said unto Moses: "Why criest thou to Me? Speak to the children of Israel, and let them proceed. And do thou lift up thy rod, and stretch forth thy hand over the sea, and divide it, and let the children of Israel enter into the midst of the sea on the dry land. And lo! I will harden the heart of Pharaoh and of all the Egyptians, and they shall go in after them; and I will be glorified upon Pharaoh, and on all his host, and on his chariots and his horses. And all the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I am glorified upon Pharaoh and upon his chariots and his horses." And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the Lord carried back the sea with a strong south wind all the night, and made the sea dry, and the water was divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the water of it was a wall on the right hand and a wall on the left. And the Egyptians pursued them and went in after them, and every horse of Pharaoh, and his chariots, and his horsemen, into the midst of the sea. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the water returned to its place toward day; and the Egyptians fled from 
the water, and the Lord shook off the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the water returned and covered the chariots and the riders, and all the forces of Pharaoh, who entered after them into the sea: and there was not left of them even one. But the children of Israel went along dry land in the midst of the sea. 
A READING FROM EXODUS 
Moses brought up the children of Israel from the Red Sea, and brought them into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water to drink. And they came to Marah, and could not drink of Marah, for it was bitter; therefore he named the name of that place, Bitterness. And the people murmured against Moses, saying: "What shall we drink?" And Moses cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree, and he cast it into the water, and the water was sweetened. There He established to him ordinances and judgments, and there He proved him, and said: "If thou wilt indeed hear the voice of the Lord thy God, and do things pleasing before Him, and wilt hearken to His commands, and keep all His ordinances, no disease which I have brought upon the Egyptians will I bring upon thee, for I am the Lord thy God, Who healeth thee." And they came to Elim, and there were there twelve fountains of water, and seventy stems of palm trees; and they encamped there by the waters. And they departed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sin. 
Then we rise to our feet, and the reader lifteth up his voice and chanteth this troparion, in Tone V: 
O Thou Who hast created the world, Thou hast appeared in the world, that Thou mightest enlighten those in darkness. O Thou Who lovest mankind, glory be to Thee! 
Stichos: God be gracious unto us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us and have mercy on us, that we may know upon the earth Thy way, among the nations Thy salvation.
That Thou mightest enlighten those in darkness, O Thou Who lovest mankind, 
glory be to Thee! 
Stichos: Let the peoples give Thee praise, O God, let all the peoples praise Thee. Let the nations be glad and rejoice, for Thou shalt judge peoples with righteousness; and nations shalt Thou guide upon the earth.
That Thou mightest enlighten those in darkness, O Thou Who lovest mankind, 
glory be to Thee! 
Stichos: Let the peoples give Thee praise, O God, let all the peoples praise Thee; the earth hath yielded her fruit. Let God, our God, bless us; let God bless us, and let all the ends of the earth fear Him.
That Thou mightest enlighten those in darkness, O Thou Who lovest mankind, 
glory be to Thee! 
Then, Glory ..., and the first choir chanteth the concluding phrase of the troparion; 
That Thou mightest enlighten those in darkness, O Thou Who lovest mankind, glory be to Thee! 
Now & ever ..., and the second choir also chanteth the same concluding phrase: 
That Thou mightest enlighten those in darkness, O Thou Who lovest mankind, glory be to Thee! 
Then the reader chanteth the troparion in its entirety: 
O Thou Who hast created the world, Thou hast appeared in the world, that Thou mightest enlighten those in darkness. O Thou Who lovest mankind, glory be to Thee! 
And we resume the readings: A READING FROM JOSHUA 
The Lord said unto Joshua: "This day do I begin to exalt thee before all the children of Israel, that they may know that as I was with Moses, so will I also be with thee. And now charge the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying: As soon as ye shall enter on a part of the water of Jordan, then ye shall stand in Jordan." And when the priests that bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord entered upon Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord were dipped in part of the water of Jordan (now Jordan overflowed all its banks about the time of wheat harvest), then the waters that came down from above stopped; there stood one solid heap very far off, as far as the region of Kariathiarim, and the lower part came down to the sea of Arabia, the salt sea, until it completely failed; and the people stood opposite Jericho. And the priests that bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry land in the midst of Jordan; and all the children of Israel went through on dry land, until all the people had completely gone over Jordan. 
A READING FROM THE FOURTH BOOK OF KINGS 
And Elijah said to Elisha: "Stay here, I pray thee, for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan." But Elisha said: "As the Lord liveth and thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee!" And they both went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went also, and stood opposite afar off: and both stood on the bank of the Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the water: and the water was divided on this side and on that side, and they both went over on dry ground. And it came to pass while they were crossing over, that Elijah said to Elisha: "Ask what I shall do for thee before I am taken up from thee." And Elisha said: "Let there be, I pray thee, a double portion of thy spirit upon me." And Elijah said: "Thou hast asked a hard thing: if thou shalt see me when I am taken up from thee, then shall it be so to thee; and if not, it shall not be so." And it came to pass as they were going, they went on talking; and, behold, a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and it separated between them both; and Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind as it were into heaven. And Elisha 
saw, and cried: "Father, father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof!" And he saw him no more; and he took hold of his garments, and rent them into two pieces. And Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah, which fell from off him upon Elisha; and Elisha returned, and stood upon the brink of Jordan; and he took the mantle of Elijah, which fell from off him, and smote the water, and said: "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" And he smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither; and he went over. 
A READING FROM THE FOURTH BOOK OF KINGS 
There came Naaman, prince of the king of Assyria, with his chariots and horses, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying: "Go and wash seven times in Jordan, and thy flesh shall return to thee, and thou shalt be cleansed." And Naaman was angry, and departed, saying: "Behold, I said: He will by all means come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of his God, and lay his hand upon the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharphar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not go and wash in them, and be cleansed?" And he turned, and went out in a rage, But his servant came near, and said to him: "Suppose the prophet had spoken a great thing to thee: wouldst thou not perform it? Yet he hath but said to thee: Wash, and be cleansed." So Naaman went down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the word of Elisha: and his flesh returned to him as the flesh of a little child, and he was cleansed. 
Then the reader chanteth this troparion, in Tone VI: 
To sinners and publicans hast Thou revealed Thyself, in the magnitude of Thy mercy, O our Savior; for where should Thy light shine save upon those who sit in darkness? Glory be to Thee! 
Stichos: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength and He hath girt Himself. For He established the world which shall not be shaken, Thy throne is prepared of old; Thou art from everlasting.
For where should Thy light shine save upon those who sit in darkness? Glory be 
to Thee! 
Stichos: The rivers have lifted up, O Lord, the rivers have lifted up their voices. The rivers will lift up their waves, at the voices of many waters.
For where should Thy light shine save upon those who sit in darkness? Glory be 
to Thee! 
Stichos: Wonderful are the surgings of the sea, wonderful on high is the Lord. Thy testimonies are made very sure. Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.
For where should Thy light shine save upon those who sit in darkness? Glory be 
to Thee! 
Glory ..., Now & ever ..., and the reader chanteth the troparion again, in its entirety: 
To sinners and publicans hast Thou revealed Thyself, in the magnitude of Thy mercy, O our Savior; for where should Thy light shine save upon those who sit in darkness? Glory be to Thee! 
A READING FROM THE PROPHECY OF ISAIAH 
Thus saith the Lord: Wash ye, be ye clean; remove your iniquities from your souls before Mine eyes; cease from your iniquities; learn to do well; diligently seek judgment, deliver him that is suffering wrong, plead for the orphan, and obtain justice for the widow. And, come, let us reason together, saith the Lord: and though your sins be as purple, I will make them white as snow; and though they be as scarlet, I will make them white as wool. And if ye be willing, and hearken to Me, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye be not willing, nor hearken to Me, a sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken this. 
A READING FROM GENESIS 
And looking up, Jacob saw the host of the Lord encamped; and the angels of God met him. And Jacob said, when he saw them: "This is the camp of God." And he called the name of that place Encampments. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, to the land of Seri, to the country of Edom. And he charged them, saying: Thus shall ye say to my lord Esau: Thus saith thy servant Jacob: I have sojourned with Lebam and tarried unto now. And there were born to me oxen, and asses, and sheep, and men-servants and women-servants; and I sent to tell my lord Esau, that thy servant might find grace in thy sight. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying: "We came to thy brother Esau; and, lo! he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him." And Jacob was greatly terrified, and was perplexed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the cows, and the camels, and the sheep, into two camps. And Jacob said: "If Esau should come to one camp, and smite it, the other camp shall be in safety." And Jacob said: "O Lord God of my father Isaac, Thou art He Who said to me: Depart quickly to the land of thy birth, and I will do thee good. Let there be to me a sufficiency of all the justice and all the truth which Thou hast wrought with Thy servant; for with this my staff I passed over this Jordan." 
A READING FROM EXODUS 
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to the river to bathe; and her maids walked by the river's side; and when she saw the ark in the ooze, she sent her maid, and took it up. And when she opened it, she saw the babe weeping in the ark; and the daughter of Pharaoh had compassion on it, and said: "This is one of the Hebrews' children." And his sister said to the daughter of Pharaoh: "Wilt thou that I call to thee a nurse of the Hebrews, and shall she suckle the child for thee?" And the daughter of Pharaoh said to her: "Take care of this child, and suckle it for me, and I will give thee the wages." And the woman took the child, and suckled it. And when the boy was grown, she brought him to the daughter of Pharaoh, and he became her son; and she called 
his name, Moses, saying: "I took him out of the water." 
A READING FROM JUDGES 
Gideon said unto God: "If Thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as Thou hast said, behold, I put a fleece of wool upon the threshing-floor: if there be dew on the fleece only, and drought on all the ground, I shall know that Thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as Thou hast said." And it was so: and he rose up early in the morning, and wrung the fleece; and dew dropped from the fleece, a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God: "Let not, I pray Thee, Thine anger be kindled with me, and I will speak yet once; I will even yet make one trial more with the fleece: Let now the drought be upon the fleece only, and let there be dew on all the ground." And God did so in that night; and there was drought on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew. 
A READING FROM THE THIRD BOOK OF KINGS 
Elijah said to the people: "Come near to me." And all the people came near to him. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of Israel, as the Lord spake unto him, saying: "Israel shall be thy name." And he built up the stones in the name of the Lord, and repaired the altar that had been broken down; and he made a trench that would hold two measures of seed round about the altar. And he piled the cleft wood on the altar which he had made, and divided the whole- burnt offering, and laid it on the wood, and laid it in order on the altar, and said: "Fetch me four pitchers of water, and pour it on the whole-burnt offering, and on the wood." And they did so. And he said: "Do it yet again." And they did it a second time. And he said: "Do it a third time." And they did it a third time. And the water ran round about the altar, and they filled the trench with water. And Elijah cried aloud to heaven, and said: "Lord God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Israel: Answer me, O Lord, answer me this day by fire, and let all this people know that Thou art the Lord, the God of Israel, and I am Thy servant; .and for Thy sake I have wrought these works. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, and let this people know that Thou art the Lord God, and Thou hast turned back the heart of this people." Then fire fell from the Lord out of heaven, and devoured the whole-burnt offerings, and the wood and the water that was in the trench; and the fire licked up the stones and the earth. And all the people fell upon their faces, and said: "Truly the Lord is God!" 
A READING FROM THE FOURTH BOOK OF KINGS 
The men of the city said to Elisha: "Behold, the situation of the city is good, as our lord seeth; but the waters are bad, and the ground barren." And Elisha said: "Bring me a new pitcher, and put salt in it." And they took one, and brought it to him. And Elisha went out to the spring of the waters, and cast salt therein, and said: "Thus saith the Lord: I have healed these waters; there shall not be any longer death thence or barren land." And the waters were healed until this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke. 
A READING FROM THE PROPHECY OF ISAIAH 
Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I succored thee: and I have formed thee, and given thee for a covenant of the nations, to establish the earth, and to cause to inherit the desert heritages; saying to them that are in bonds: "Go forth!", and bidding them that are in darkness to show themselves. They shall be fed in all the ways, and in all the paths shall be their pasture. They shall not hunger, neither shall they thirst; neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; but He that hath mercy on them shall comfort them, and by fountains of waters shall He lead them. And I will make every mountain a way, and every path a pasture to them. Behold, these shall come from afar: and these from the north and the west, and others from the land of the Persians. Rejoice, ye heavens; and let the earth be glad: let the mountains break forth with joy; for the Lord hath had mercy on His people, and hath comforted the lowly ones of His people. But Sion said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and, The Lord hath forgotten me. Will a woman forget her child, so as not to have compassion upon the offspring of her womb? But if a woman should even forget these, yet I will not forget thee, saith the Lord. 



Prokimenon, in Tone III: The Lord is my light and my Savior; whom then shall I fear?
Stichos: The Lord is the defender of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid? 

EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS, § 143 [I COR. 9: 19-27] 
Brethren: Though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway 

Alleluia, in Tone VI: My heart hath poured forth a good word; I speak of my works to the king; my tongue is the pen of a swiftly writing scribe.
Stichos: Comely art Thou in beauty more than the sons of men; grace hath been poured forth on Thy lips, wherefore God hath blessed Thee forever. 

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE, § 9 [LK. 3: 1-18] 
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Ananias and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God, then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of Whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. 



Troparia sung at the Blessing of Waters
In Tone VIII: 
The voice of the Lord, which is upon the warers crieth out , saying Come ye all, and receive the Spirit of understanding, the Spirit of the fear of God: Christ Who hath appeared!

Today the nature of the waters is sanctified: the Jordan is divided and turneth back the streams of its waters, beholding the Master baptized. 

Thou didst come to the river as a man, O Christ our King, and dost hasten to receive the baptism of a servant at the hand of the frerummer for the salkke of our sins, O good One /who lovest mankind.



(canon modified for one choir and eliminating repetitions, except for Ode 9 which is as it is in the Menaion)
TONE II ("Once the power...") Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!  Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
ODE I 
Irmos: The Lord Who is mighty in battles uncovered the bed of the deep and leadeth His own people across on dry land, but engulfing the enemy therein, for He hath been glorified. 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
The Lord, the King of the ages, restoreth corrupted Adam with the streams of the Jordan and crusheth the heads of the serpents who make their nest therein, for He hath been glorified. 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
The Lord Who became incarnate of the Virgin, clothing material flesh in the immaterial fire of the Godhead, doth wrap Himself in the water of the Jordan, for He hath been glorified. 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
He Who washeth away the defilement of men, cleanseth Himself for them in the Jordan desiring to make Himself like unto them yet remaining as He was before, the Lord Who enlighteneth those in darkness, for He hath been glorified. 
Canon II of the Feast, in Tone II, the composition of St. John of Damascus: 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
When the Light of the radiant Dawn shone forth upon mortal men, coming forth from the wilderness to the waters of the Jordan Thou O King of the Sun, didst bow Thy neck before him that Thou mightest ransom our forefather from the minions of darkness and cleanse creation of all defilement. 
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
O unoriginate Word, Thou hast buried man with Thyself in the stream, and Thou dost lead him forth new again, that had been corrupted by deception; and the mighty voice of the Father testifieth to Thee ineffably, saying: This is My beloved Son, the Child Who is equal to Me by nature. 
Katavasia: Israel traversed the stormy depths of the sea, which had straightway become as dry land; but the dark waters covered all the chief captains of Egypt together in a watery grave, through the mighty power of the right hand of the Master. 


ODE III 
Canon I of the Feast 
Irmos: The Lord Who giveth might unto kings and uplifteth the horn of His anointed, is born of the Virgin and cometh to baptism. To Him, O ye faithful, let us cry out: For holy is our God! 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
O Church of Christ, who of old wast barren and grievously childless, be glad today; for by water and the Spirit children have been born unto thee, who cry out with faith: There is none as holy as our God! 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
In the wilderness the forerunner crieth out with aloud voice: "Prepare ye the ways of Christ and make straight the paths of our God, crying out with faith: There is none as holy as our God!" 
Canon II of the Feast 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
He who once assumed the form of a malignant serpent and planted death in the garden of creation, is now cast into darkness by Christ's coming in the flesh; and by assailing the Master, the Dawn which hath shone forth upon us, he crusheth his own hateful head. 
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
The Master draweth to Himself the divinely fashioned nature of man, which had been overcome by the tyranny of greed; and He restoreth mortal men, granting them a new birth, and accomplishing thereby a mighty work; for He is come to cleanse our nature.
 Katavasia:  From the ancient snares have we all been set loose, and the teeth of the lions have been broken in their mouths. Let us then rejoice with great joy and open wide our mouths, weaving with words a sweet hymn to the Word, which delighteth to bestow gifts upon us. 
Sedalion, in Tone V: 
When Thou didst illumine all by Thine epiphany, the salty sea of unbelief fled, and the Jordan, which flowed down, turned back, bearing us up to the heavens. Yet by the height of Thy divine commandments, O Christ God, and through the supplications of the Theotokos, have mercy upon us. 


ODE IV 
Canon I of the Feast 
Irmos: I heard, O Lord, Thy voice, him whom Thou didst call the voice of one crying in the wilderness, for Thou didst thunder out over many waters, bearing witness to Thy Son. And, wholly filled with the Spirit which descended He cried out: Thou art Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God! 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
"Who hath ever seen the sun cleansed which is most bright by nature?" the herald crieth out. "Am I then to wash with water Thee, the Effulgence of glory, the Image of the ever-existent Father? Am I, who am grass, to touch Thy divinity? For Thou art Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!"
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee! 
"When he happened upon Thee, Moses showed the divine reverence he felt, for he understood that it was Thee Who spake out of the bush; and he straightway averted his face. How, then, can I gaze directly at Thee? How can I touch Thee with my hand? For Thou art Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!" 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
"Wisely doing what is spiritual, and being honored with speech, yet am I in awe before inanimate things. For if I baptize Thee, the mountain which smoked with fire, the sea which parted in twain and this Jordan which turned back will be mine accusers. For Thou art Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!" 
Canon II of the Feast  
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
O most radiant Word, Who hast been sent forth by the Father, Thou comest to repel utterly the night of evil darkness and to uproot the sins of men, and by Thy baptism to draw forth children of light from the streams of the Jordan, O Good One. 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
When he saw in very truth the Word Who had been foretold, the herald bore witness of Him to creation, and cried, plainly saying, This is He Who was before me, yet cometh after. Though like us in form, He hath shone forth with divine power to take away our hateful sin! 
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
That He might bring His own back to the life-giving pastures of paradise, the Word of God falleth upon the lairs of the dragons, and destroying their manifold snares, he assaileth him who hath bruised all mankind, and, imprisoning him, delivereth creation. 
Katavasia: Purified by the fire of a mystical vision, the prophet praiseth the restoration of mortal man; and, filled with the inspiration of the Spirit, he lifteth up his voice to reveal the incarnation of the ineffable Word, Who hath broken the dominion of the mighty.

ODE V 
Canon of the Feast 
Irmos: Jesus, the Author of life, cometh to annul the condemnation of Adam, the first-created. And since, as God, He doth not require cleansing, He cleanseth the fallen one in the Jordan, therein slaying enmity, and granteth the peace which passeth all understanding.
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee! 
When countless people went down to be baptized of John, Thou Thyself didst stand in their midst. And he announced to those present: "Who hath told you, O rebellious ones, to avoid the impending wrath? Bring forth fruits worthy of Christ; for He standeth before you, granting peace."
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee! 
Standing in their midst, the Creator and Fashioner alone trieth the hearts of all; and taking his winnowing-fan in His hand, He most wisely doth separate the harvest of the whole world, letting the chaff fall away; and He granteth eternal life to the fruitful. 
Canon II of the Feast 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
The Creator, beholding him whom He had formed of dust bound by inescapable bonds in the darkness of sin, raised him up and laid him on His shoulders; and now, in the midst of abundant waters, He washeth him clean from the ancient shame of Adam's sinful inclination. 
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
With piety let us eagerly make haste to the most pure wellsprings of the stream of salvation, and, gazing upon the Word Who is come forth from the incorrupt Virgin, let us drink the pure water which quencheth our holy thirst, gently healing the infirmity of the world. 
Katavasia:  Washed clean of the poison of the dark and vile enemy by the cleansing of the Spirit, we have set out upon the new path which leadeth to joy inaccessible, which only they attain whom God hath reconciled with Himself. 

ODE VI 
Canon I of the Feast 
Irmos: In the wilderness the forerunner, the voice of the Word, the lampstand of the Light, the morning-star of the Sun, crieth out to all the people: "Repent and cleanse yourselves beforehand! For, lo! Christ standeth before you, delivering the world from corruption!" 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
Christ, Who was begotten incorruptibly of God the Father, is incarnate of the Virgin without defilement. The forerunner teacheth that it is not possible to loose the sandals, the bond between the Word and us, of Him Who delivereth mortals from deception. 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
Christ shall baptize His enemies, who do not acknowledge Him as God, with the uttermost fire; but He shall restore with the water of grace those who accept His divinity, delivering them from their transgressions. 
Canon II of the Feast 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
The prophet, mysteriously swallowed up for the space of three nights in the belly of the sea monster, came forth again, making manifest beforehand to all our regeneration in the last times, and our deliverance from the dragon that slayeth mankind.
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
When the shining vaults of heaven were opened, he who knew the Scriptures beheld the Spirit, Who proceedeth from the Father and abideth in the all-pure Word, descending in ineffable manner in the form of a dove; and he commanded the multitudes to hasten to the Master. 
Katavasia: With a most blessed voice the Father made manifest His Beloved Whom He had begotten from the womb. Verily, He saith, this, the splendid Son, of the same nature as Myself, hath come forth from the human race. He is My living Word, Who by My providence is become a man. 
Kontakion of the feast, in Tone IV: 
Thou hast appeared today to the whole world, and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us who hymn Thee with understanding. Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared, the Light unapproachable. 
Ikos: Upon Galilee of the nations, upon the land of Zebulon and the land of Naphthali, as the prophet said, a great Light hath shone, even Christ. A radiant darkness hath dawned upon those who sat in darkness, shining forth from 
Bethlehem. The Lord born of Mary, the Sun of righteousness, shineth forth with splendor upon the whole world. Come, therefore, all ye naked children of Adam, and let us clothe ourselves in Him, that we may be warmed; for He Who covereth the naked and enlighteneth those in darkness, hath come. He hath appeared, the Light unapproachable! 


ODE VII 
Canon I of the Feast 
Irmos: The moist whistling wind and the descent of the Angel of God preserved the pious youths who were together in the fiery furnace. Wherefore, bedewed amid the flame, they chanted with thanksgiving: O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou! 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
As in heaven, with trembling and wonder the angelic hosts stood before Thee in the Jordan, gazing at the extent of God's condescension; for the God of our fathers, Who holdeth the firmament of the waters above, stood, incarnate as man, in the waters. 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
The cloud and the sea of old prefigured the wonder of divine baptism, for the ancient people of the law were baptized therein when they fled Egypt. The sea was an image of the water, and the cloud was an image of the Spirit, whereby we are made perfect. And we cry out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever! 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
O all ye faithful, in Him have we received perfection; and, theologizing continually with the angels let us glorify the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. For, lo! the consubstantial Trinity of Hypostases is the One God. To Him do we chant: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever! 
Canon II of the Feast 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
The fierce Assyrian flame that prefigured Thee hast Thou quenched, transforming it into dew. And now, O Christ, Thou hast clothed Thyself in water as in flame, and Thou burnest up the harmful malice hidden in its depths, which calleth men to fall with stumbling step. 
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
When the Jordan was parted of old, the people of Israel passed clean over on dry ground, prefiguring Thee, O most powerful Lord, Who now bearest up creation in the waters without touching it, leading it to a better and imperishable path. 
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
We know that in the beginning Thou didst, in Thy mercy, bring the waters of the flood upon the earth to destroy every living substance that Thou hadst made. And now, O Christ, Who workest wonders strange and most great, Thou hast drowned sin in the waters of Thy compassion, unto the salvation of mortal men. 
Katavasia:  He Who cooled the lofty flame that encircled the pious youths in the furnace, hath burnt the heads of the dragons in the waters; and with the dew of the Spirit He washeth away all the unbearable gloom of sin. 

ODE VIII 
Canon I of the Feast 
Irmos: The Babylonian furnace which poured forth dew showed forth an all- glorious mystery, for the Jordan would receive the immaterial Fire in its streams and embrace the Creator, Who is baptized in the flesh. Him do the people bless and exalt supremely for all ages. 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
"Put aside all fear," the Deliverer said to the forerunner; "Obey Me, in that I am good, and touch Me, for this have I become by nature. Submit to My commands and baptize Me Who am come down." Him do the people bless and exalt supremely for all ages. 
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!
When the Baptist heard the words of the Master, he stretched forth his hand with trembling, and as he touched the head of his Creator he cried out to Him Who was being baptized: "Sanctify me, for Thou art my God, Whom the people bless and exalt supremely for all ages!"
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee! 
The Trinity was revealed in the Jordan, for the Father, the all-divine Essence Himself, announced: "This One Who is baptized is my beloved Son!" And the Spirit came upon Him Who was like unto Him, Whom the people bless and exalt supremely for all ages. 
Canon II of the Feast 
"Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord."
The three godly children, sprinkled with dew in the midst of the fire, plainly prefigured how the transcendent Nature, which is resplendent with most radiant rays of threefold holiness, doth, through human nature, mercifully consume all pernicious falsehood with the fire of dew. 
Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.
Let the whole of earthly creation be clothed in white, for this day it is raised up from its fall to heaven; and, washed and most splendidly cleansed in the flowing waters by the Word, by Whom all things are preserved, it hath escaped its former sins.
Choir:  We praise, we bless, we worship the Lord, praising and supremely exalting Him unto all ages.  
Katavasia: Creation is seen to be fire, and they that before were in darkness to be children of the light. The prince of darkness alone groaneth. Let the inheritance of all the nations that before was accursed now fervently bless Him Who hath brought this thing to pass! 

At Ode IX the brethren again light the candles. We do not chant the Magnificat, but sing instead the refrains of the feast:
Refrain: M
agnify, O my soul, the all-pure Virgin Theotokos, who is more 
honorable than the armies on high. 
Irmos: Every tongue is at a loss how to praise thee fittingly; and even a heavenly intelligence cannot think how to hymn thee, O Theotokos. Yet, as thou art good, accept our faith, for thou knowest our divine love; for thou art the intercessor of Christians, and we magnify thee. 
Then the second choir chanteth the same refrain and Irmos.
Refrain: M
agnify, O my soul, Him Who asketh baptism of the forerunner.
O David, come thou in spirit to the enlightened and chant, saying: "Approach God 
now with faith and be illumined! Lowly Adam cried out in his fall, and the Lord heard him, and, coming to the streams of the Jordan, He restored the corrupted one." 
Refrain: Magnify, O my soul, Him Who came to be baptized in the Jordan. 
O David, come thou in spirit to the enlightened and chant, saying: "Approach God now with faith and be illumined! Lowly Adam cried out in his fall, and the Lord heard him, and, coming to the streams of the Jordan, He restored the corrupted one." 
Refrain: Magnify, O my soul, Him to Whom the Father's voice bore witness. 
Isaiah saith: "Change your ways and cleanse yourselves; leave off your wickedness in the face of the Lord! Ye who thirst, go to the living Water; for Christ sprinkleth with water those who have recourse to Him with faith, renewing them, and He baptizeth with the Spirit unto life which ageth not." 
Refrain: Magnify, O my soul, the One of the Trinity Who bowed His head and received baptism. 
Isaiah saith: "Change your ways and cleanse yourselves; leave off your wickedness in the face of the Lord! Ye who thirst, go to the living Water; for Christ sprinkleth with water those who have recourse to Him with faith, renewing them, and He baptizeth with the Spirit unto life which ageth not." 
Refrain: O prophet, come unto Me! Stretch forth thy hand, and baptize Me! 
By grace and the seal are we preserved, O ye faithful; for as of old the blood- smeared lintels permitted the Hebrews to escape the destroyer, so shall the laver of regeneration be for us a divine exodus. And henceforth we shall see the never-waning light of the Trinity. 
Refrain: O prophet, suffer it to be so now, and baptize Me Who so desire; for I have come to fulfill all righteousness. 
By grace and the seal are we preserved, O ye faithful; for as of old the blood- smeared lintels permitted the Hebrews to escape the destroyer, so shall the laver of regeneration be for us a divine exodus. And henceforth we shall see the never-waning light of the Trinity. 
Then the first choir chanteth the refrain of Canon II:
Refrain: T
oday the Master boweth His head beneath the hand of the forerunner. 
Irmos: O most pure Bride, O blessed Mother! The wonders of thy birthgiving pass all understanding. Having received most perfect salvation through thee, we praise our Benefactor as is meet and right, bearing a hymn of thanksgiving 
unto Him as a gift. 
And the second choir likewise chanteth the refrain and the Irmos, whereupon the remaining refrains are alternated with the troparia, as indicated. 
Refrain: Today John doth baptize the Master in the streams of the Jordan.
That which was revealed to Moses in the bush we see here fulfilled in wondrous manner; for as it bore fire, yet was not consumed, so hath the Virgin been preserved, who gaveth birth unto the Benefactor Who bringeth us light, and the streams of the 
Jordan suffered no harm when they received Him. 
Refrain: Today the Master burieth the sin of man in the waters.
That which was revealed to Moses in the bush we see here fulfilled in wondrous manner; for as it bore fire, yet was not consumed, so hath the Virgin been preserved, who gaveth birth unto the Benefactor Who bringeth us light, and the streams of the 
Jordan suffered no harm when they received Him. 
Refrain: Today the Master is borne witness to from on high as the beloved Son. 
O unoriginate King, through the communion of the Spirit dost Thou anoint and make perfect the nature of man, and cleansing it in the pure streams of baptism, putting the arrogant might of darkness to shame, Thou now dost raise it up to eternal life. 
Refrain: Today the Master hath come to sanctify the nature of water.
O unoriginate King, through the communion of the Spirit dost Thou anoint and make perfect the nature of man, and cleansing it in the pure streams of baptism, putting the arrogant might of darkness to shame, Thou now dost raise it up to eternal 
life. 
Refrain: Today the Master receiveth baptism at the hand of the forerunner.
O unoriginate King, through the communion of the Spirit dost Thou anoint and make perfect the nature of man, and cleansing it in the pure streams of baptism, putting the arrogant might of darkness to shame, Thou now dost raise it up to eternal 
life. 
Then both choirs, going down together, chant the first refrain of the feast and the 
Irmos of Canon I: 
Refrain: Magnify, O my soul, the all-pure Virgin Theotokos, who is more honorable than the armies on high. 
Katavasia I: Every tongue is at a loss how to praise thee fittingly; and even a heavenly intelligence cannot think how to hymn thee, O Theotokos. Yet, as thou art good, accept our faith, for thou knowest our divine love; for thou art the intercessor of Christians, and we magnify thee. 
Followed by the refrain and Irmos of Canon II: 
Refrain: Today the Master boweth His head beneath the hand of the forerunner. 
Katavasia II: O most pure Bride, O blessed Mother! The wonders of thy birthgiving pass all understanding. Having received most perfect salvation through thee, we praise our Benefactor as is meet and right, bearing a hymn of thanksgiving unto Him as a gift. 
And all make a prostration. 


Exapostilarion: Spec. Mel.: "Thou hast visited us ...": 
READER: The Savior appeared, grace and truth, in the streams of the Jordan, and He illumined those sleeping in darkness and shadow, for He, the immutable Light, hath come and appeared. 

On the Praises, 4 stichera, the composition of Patriarch Germanus, in Tone I: 
Christ our Savior, the Light of Light, hath shone forth upon the world, manifesting Himself as God. Let us worship Him, O ye people! 

How can we who are servants honor the Master as is meet? For He hath restored us all in the waters. 

Baptized in the Jordan, touched by Thy servant's hand, O our Savior, Thou didst sanctify the waters, healing the sufferings of the world. Great is the mystery of Thine epiphany! O Lord Who lovest mankind, glory be to Thee! 

The true Light hath appeared and giveth enlightenment to all. Christ is baptized with us, Who is above all in purity. He draweth sanctification into the water and becometh the cleansing of our souls, which is at once earthly and transcendeth the heavens. Salvation is accomplished through the laver, and the Spirit cometh through water. Through immersion is our ascent to God made. Wondrous are Thy works, O Lord! Glory be to Thee! 

Glory ..., the composition of Anatolius, in Tone VI: 
Thou didst clothe Thyself in the waters of the Jordan, O Savior Who art clothed in light as with a garment; and Thou Who hast measured heaven by Thy span didst bow Thy head before the forerunner, that Thou mightest turn the world away from falsehood and save it, in that Thou lovest mankind. 

Now & ever ..., the composition of Anatolius, in Tone II: 
Today Christ hath come to be baptized in the Jordan! Today John toucheth the head of the Master! The hosts of heaven were in awe, beholding this all-glorious mystery; the sea saw and fled, the Jordan, seeing it, turned back. But we, illumined, cry out: Glory to God Who hath appeared, was seen on earth and hath illumined the world! 


AT LITURGY 
ANTIPHON I 
Stichos I: When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from among a barbarous people. 
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us! 
Stichos II: Judea became His sanctuary, Israel His dominion. 
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us! 
Stichos III: The sea beheld and fled, Jordan turned back. 
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us! 
Stichos IV: What aileth thee, O sea, that thou fleddest? And thou Jordan, that thou didst turn back? 
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us! 
Glory ..., Now & ever ..., 
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us! 

ANTIPHON II
Stichos I:
I am filled with love, for the Lord will hear the voice of my supplication. 
Refrain: O Son of God Who wast baptized in the Jordan, save us who chant 
unto Thee: Alleluia! 
Stichos I: For He hath inclined His ear unto me, and in my days will I call upon Him. 
Refrain: O Son of God Who wast baptized in the Jordan, save us who chant 
unto Thee: Alleluia! 
Stichos I: The pangs of death have encompassed me, the perils of Hades have found me. 
Refrain: O Son of God Who wast baptized in the Jordan, save us who chant 
unto Thee: Alleluia! 
Stichos I: Merciful is the Lord and righteous, and our God hath mercy.
Refrain: O Son of God Who wast baptized in the Jordan, save us who chant unto Thee: Alleluia! 

ANTIPHON III
Stichos: O
give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth 
forever. 
When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest: for the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the guise of a dove confirmed the certainty of His words. O Christ God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the world, glory be to Thee! 
Stichos: Let the house of Israel now say that. He is good, for His mercy endureth forever. 
When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord ...
Stichos: L
et the house of Aaron now say that He is good, for His mercy endureth forever. 
When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord ...
Stichos: L
et all that fear the Lord now say that He is good, for His mercy endureth forever. 
When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord ... 


When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was 
made manifest: for the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the guise of a dove confirmed the certainty of His words. O Christ God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the world, glory be to Thee! 

Glory ..., Now & ever ..., Kontakion of the feast, in Tone IV: 
Thou hast appeared today to the whole world, and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us who hymn Thee with understanding. Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared, the Light unapproachable. 

Instead of the Trisagion: As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. - Alleluia. (Thrice) 
Glory ..., Both now ..., Amen. Have put on Christ. - Alleluia.
A
s many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. - Alleluia. 

Prokimenon, in Tone IV: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us.
Stichos: O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever. 

EPISTLE TO TITUS,§ 302 [TIT. 2:11-14; 3: 4-7] 
Titus my child: The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present age, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people of His own, zealous of good works. But after the kindness and love of God, our Savior, toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 

Alleluia, in Tone IV: Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God, bring unto the Lord the sons of rams.
Stichos: The voice of the Lord is upon the waters. 

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW, § 6 [MT. 3: 13-17] 
At that time came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade Him, saying: "I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?" And Jesus answering said unto him: "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he suffered Him. And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo! the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: and lo! a voice from heaven, saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased." 



Choir:  Amen.
polychronion:
The Orthodox Episcopate of the persecuted Russian Church;
our lord, the Very Most Reverend Agafangel, 
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, 
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad;
and our lord, the Most Reverend Gregory, 
Bishop of Sao Paulo and South America;
the brethren of this holy temple; 
and all Orthodox Christians;
O Lord, preserve them for many years.

Lord have mercy. (Thrice)



At the festal meal monastics eat fish, cheese and eggs, and drink wine, and layfolk eat meat, even if the feast fall on a Wednesday or a Friday.