O Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ, we honour thee lovingly but cannot extol thee worthily; for by thy birth thy mother's barrenness and thy father 's dumbness were unloosed; and the Incarnation of the Son of God is proclaimed to the world.
--Troparion, Tone 4
View a festal page  dedicated to the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Read Fr. Joseph Huneycutt's thoughts  on the importance of the feast.