Troparia and kontakia for September 23

Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Troparion — Tone 4

Rejoice, O barren one, who formerly did not bear a child, / for you have conceived the Lamp of the Sun, / who is to illumine the whole universe darkened by blindness. / Rejoice, O Zachariah / and cry out with boldness: / “The prophet of the Most High desires to be born!”

Kontakion — Tone 1

Podoben: “The angelic choir...” / Great Zachariah rejoices with his wife, the far-famed Elizabeth, / for she has fittingly conceived John the Forerunner, / whom an angel announced in gladness; / and whom we rightly honor / as an initiate of the grace of God.