John the Baptist
The memory of the just
is celebrated with hymns of praise,
but the Lord's testimony
is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner;
for thou hast proved to be
truly even more venerable than the Prophets,
since thou was granted to baptize
in the running waters
Him Whom they proclaimed.
Wherefore, having contested for the truth,
thou didst rejoice to announce
the good tidings even to those in Hades:
that God hath appeared in the flesh,
taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.
The Jordan accepted Your presence
in the flesh and reversed its course in fear.
John, fulfilling the spiritual ministry, fell back in awe.
The ranks of Angels, seeing You in the flesh,
baptized in the river, were amazed,
and all who were in darkness were filled with light,
praising You who appeared and enlightened all.