1st, 2nd & 3rd Finding of the Venerable Head of Saint John the Forerunner

1st & 2nd Finding of his Venerable Head: February 24th

Apolytikion: The Forerunner’s Sacred head, having dawned forth from the Earth, doth send incorruption’s rays unto the faithful, whereby they find healings of their ills. From on high he gathereth the choirs of the Angels and on Earth he summoneth the whole race of mankind, that they with one voice might send up Glory to Christ our God.

Kontakion: Since we have obtained thy head as a most Sacred rose from out of the Earth, O Forerunner of Grace Divine, we receive sure healing in every hour, O Prophet of God the Lord; for again, now as formerly, thou preachest repentance unto all the world.

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3rd Finding of his Venerable Head: May 25th

Apolytikion: Christ God hath revealed to us thy truly Venerable head as a Divine treasure that had been concealed in the Earth, O Prophet and Forerunner. Wherefore, as we gather on the Feast of its finding, with our hymns inspired of God, we praise Christ the Saviour, Who by thy mighty Prayers saveth us from every kind of harm.

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