O Great Mystery Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The Christmas Fast: 24 days until the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ
26th week after Pentecost, Tone I
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The holy prophet, Nahum.
Tuesday: The holy prophet and forerunner, John, the baptist.

For Nahum
Troparion, Tone II
Today we honor your prophet, Nahum, O Lord: * By his prayers, save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
Responding to the inner promptings of the life-giving Trinity, O holy prophet, Nahum, * you warned the idol-worshipping Ninevites of their impending doom. * Through martyrdom you joined the heavenly choirs of angels, * so that now you rejoice with them in the triple-splendored light of divinity. * Since you enjoy the favor of the Lord, * pray for us who honor your memory.

For the forerunner
Troparion, Tone II
Praise goes well with every just man's memory, * but for you the witness of the Lord is more than enough. * Of all the prophets, you are indeed the greatest, * for while they could but foretell his coming, * you were chosen to baptize him in the Jordan. * Truth has cost you much, O John, the baptist, but joy has also filled your heart, * for even those long dead were graced to hear your words: * God has taken flesh to save the world from sin, * and grant us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone III
For years she bore the shame of being barren, * until she bore her son called John, * the last and greatest of the prophets. * When the one foretold by all of them set foot in Jordan's flow, * on him John laid his hand and showed himself to all the world * a prophet, herald, and forerunner of the word.

Theotokion, Tone II
Through you, O ever virgin Theotokos, we share in the divine nature. * It is only right, then, that we should revere you and praise you, * for you gave birth to God who took flesh for us.

Blessed is the kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit both now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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