O Great Mystery Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Pasch
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Middle feast with 	vigil Our Venerable and Godbearing Father, Anthony, the Great.
Tuesday: The holy prophet and forerunner, John, the baptist.

For Anthony
Troparion, Tone IV
Your way of life reflects Elijah's zeal, * and your path resembles that of John, the baptist. * Your life in the desert led countless souls to follow you, * while your prayers fortified the entire world. * O holy father, Anthony, * beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone II
Fleeing this life with all its cares, * you preferred to live in solitude and silence like the baptist. * With him, then, do we extol your name, O holy Anthony, * inspiration and model for all the fathers.

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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