Beheading of St. John the Baptist

The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all the Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ's coming into the world (Isaiah 40:3; Mal. 3: 1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb; who came forth like another Elias the Zealot, whose life in the wilderness and divine zeal for God's Law he imitated: this divine Prophet, after he had preached the baptism of repentance according to God's command; had taught men of low rank and high how they must order their lives; had admonished those whom he baptized and had filled them with the fear of God, teaching them that no one is able to escape the wrath to come if he do not works worthy of repentance; had, through such preaching, prepared their hearts to receive the evangelical teachings of the Savior; and finally, after he had pointed out to the people the very Savior, and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world" (Luke 3:2-18; John 1: 29-36), after all this, John sealed with his own blood the truth of his words and was made a sacred victim for the divine Law at the hands of a transgressor.

΄Οσιος Θεόδωρος ο Στουδίτης :


.......  Στη γιορτή των γενεθλίων του Ηρώδη, ανάμεσα στους καλεσμένους, χόρεψε η κόρη της Ηρωδιάδας και άρεσε στον Ηρώδη, γι' αυτό και της υποσχέθηκε με όρκο, πως θα της χαρίσει, ο,τι κι αν του ζητήσει». Κι εκείνη την ημέρα, που όφειλε να αναπέμπει δοξολογία στο Θεό, που τον οδήγησε στο φως αυτής της ζωής, εκείνος προτίμησε το έργο του σκότους. Γιατί η περίσταση εκείνη ήταν ευκαιρία για χαρά πνευματική και όχι για χορό και μάλιστα γυναικώδη ενώπιον ανδρών.

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Cherubic Hymn-Theodoros Vasilikos-Our Home

In english :
We who mysticly represent the cheroubim, sing the thrice holy hymn to the life giving Trinity, let us lay aside all the cares of life, that we may receive Him, receive Him Who is the King of all.....

For those who want to chant this in Greek here you go:
I ta cherouvin, Mystikos ikoni zondes, ke ti zoopio, Triadhi ton trisayion. Imnon, prosadhondes. pasan tin viotikin apothometha merimnan, Pasan merimnan, os ton Vasilea ton olon ipodhexomeni......

This is stunningly beautiful and deeply spiritual. One doesn't even need to understand the words to feel the Spirit and mystery embedded in this chant along with the breathtaking pictures of our universe. It simply speaks to the heart and soul....