June 24, 2017
Luke 1:13-15, 57-60 - But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechari'ah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. … Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechari'ah after his father, but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called John." (RSV)
What about John? - Why was John sent from God? It was not as though God required John’s testimony. Why then? “[John] came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe.” Do you believe?
- Vespers: 1) Genesis 17:15-17,19, 18:11-14; 21:1-8, 2) Judges 13:2-8,13,14,17,18,21, 3) Isaiah 40:1-3, 9; 41:17,18; 45:8; 48:20, 21, 54:1
- Matins: Luke 1:24-25, 57-68, 76, 80
- Divine Liturgy: Romans 13:11-14:4, Luke 1:1-15,57-68,76,80
The Apostles Fast began after Vespers on All Saints Sunday and continues until June 29, the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The icon is the Nativity of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John (June 24th).