Holy Forerunner and Baptist John
Commemorated January 7
Troparion of the Forerunner, Tone 2
The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is enough for thee, O Forerunner for thou wast shown to be more wonderful than the Prophets since thou wast granted to baptize in the running waters Him whom thou didst proclaim. Then having endured great suffering for the Truth, thou didst rejoice to bring, even to those in hell, the good tidings that God Who had appeared in the flesh takes away the sin of the world and grants us the great mercy.