O Great Mystery Tuesday, February 28, 2017
First Week of Great Lent: Clean Tuesday
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Our venerable father, Basil, confessor and companion of Procopius.
Tuesday: The holy prophet and forerunner, John, the baptist.

For Basil
Troparion, Tone I
Like an angel in the flesh you lived in the desert, O godbearing father, Basil, * and there you performed great wonders. * Through fasting , watchfulness, and prayer, you obtained heavenly gifts, * and with these you heal the souls of the needy who approach you in faith. * Glory to him who gave you this power. * Glroy to him who crowned you. * Glory to him * who heals us all through you.

Kondakion, Tone II
O wise and saintly Basil, * from on high you were inspired by God to ignore the tumult of this world, * and to give your heart and soul to monastic life without reserve. * There, you received many gifts of the spirit, * as well as the love to heal those in need.

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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