Rejoice, great John!
Rejoice, good source of thy father’s silence!
Rejoice, change of thy mother’s tears into joy!
Rejoice, removal of her reproach among
Rejoice, great consolation for those who gave
Rejoice, for in the sixth month after thy
conception, the Most Holy Virgin Mary
was visited by an angel in Nazareth!
Rejoice, for many rejoiced over thy birth!
Rejoice, for thou didst receive a Grace-filled
name, given by an angel!
Rejoice, for by thy name the silence of thy
father Zachariah was ended!
Rejoice, for the name of God was blessed by
thy father on account of thee!
Rejoice, for fear and wonder over thy
miraculous birth came upon those
living round about!
Rejoice, for the news of thy miraculous birth
spread over the entire land of Judea!
Rejoice, for by thee salvation appeared to
many in this world!
Rejoice, great John, Prophet, Forerunner, and
Baptist of the Lord!
- A small excerpt from the Orthodox Akathist to Saint John, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, Ikos 2