(from about the same time as the last major persecution of the Christians in Egypt)
Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy and Pot-Luck Brunch
Thursday: Vesperal Divine Liturgy (Beheading of the Forerunner)
Saturday: 6 pm Vespers
Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy and Brunch
Sunday, September 8: Baptism
Friday, September 13: 6 pm Vespers and Litia (Holy Cross)
Saturday, September 14: Holy Cross Divine Liturgy and Church Grounds Work Party
Today the mother of murder, acting with more wickedness than has ever been seen, has roused her utterly wanton daughter to evil against the divinely-chosen and greatest of all the Prophets.
For while hateful Herod was celebrating his ungodly birthday, she contrived according to the oath he had given her for her dancing, to beg for the precious head of the herald of God.
And he, quite mad, fulfilled his promise and gave it to her as reward for her brazen dancing.
But the initiate of the coming of Christ ceased not after death to rebuke them for their repulsive union, but reproved them loudly, saying: “It does not become you to commit adultery with the wife of your brother Philip.”
Oh, birthday, killer of prophets!
Oh, banquet full of blood!
Let us, arrayed in white, piously celebrate the Beheading of the Forerunner, and rejoice on this day as on a great feast!
And let us ask the Forerunner to beseech the Trinity for us, that we be delivered from dishonorable passions, and that our souls be saved!
(From Vespers for the Forerunner)