Friday January 18, 2019 / January 5, 2019
34th Week after Pentecost. Tone eight.
Fast. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
The Scripture ReadingsActs 13:25-33 Royal Hours: 1st Hour
Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone IV —
Once, the River Jordan was turned back by the mantle of Elisha when Elijah was borne aloft, and the waters were parted on either side, and the path which before was wet became dry for him, as a true image of baptism, whereby we pass through the flow of life. Christ hath appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters.
Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone II "Seeking the highest" —
O Christ, Who in Thy compassion and infinite mercy takest away the multitude of all our transgressions, Thou comest as a man to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan, clothing me in the raiment of the ancient glory of which I was cruelly stripped bare.
Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared today" —
In the streams of the Jordan the Lord crieth out to John today:/ Fear not to baptize Me,// for I have come to save Adam the first-created!