Conception of St. John the Baptist
Commemorated September 23
Troparion, Tone 4
Sing, O barren one that didst not bear, for thou hast conceived the lamp of the Sun Who is to enlighten the whole world suffering blindness. O Zacharias rejoice and shout: "The prophet of the Most High is to be born."
Kontakion, Tone 1
Great Zacharias radiantly rejoices together with Elizabeth: she worthily conceived John the Forerunner whom the Angel announced with great gladness and whom we honour as an initiate of grace.