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Synaxis of the Baptist
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The '''Synaxis of the Baptist''' is [[feast day]] celebrated on [[January 7]], the day following the [[Great Feasts|Great Feast]] of [[Theophany]]. It commemorates the Holy Glorious [[Prophet]], [[John the Forerunner]], who is the [[Baptism|Baptiser]] of [[Jesus Christ]].
[[Troparion]] (Tone 2)
:The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise,
:But the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner.
:You were shown indeed to be the most Honorable of the Prophets,
:For in the waters you baptize the one whom you preached.
:After suffering with joy on behalf of the truth,
:You proclaimed even to those in hell the God who appeared in the flesh
:Who takes away the sin of the world,
:And grants us great mercy!
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 6)
:The river Jordan trembled, and was driven back
:Filled with fear at Your coming in the flesh,
:While John drew back in awe
:As he fulfilled the ministry of the Spirit.
:The ranks of angels stood amazed,
:When they beheld You baptized in the stream,
:And we, who were in darkness, are filled with light,
:Praising You, God made manifest, who enlightens all!
*[http://www.oca.org/FSTropars.asp?SID=13&ID=100109 Text of the Troparion and Kontakion]
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