On 13th of November 2011, with the blessign of HE Joseph Pop, we served the first Divine Liturgy in our parish.

ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

PARISH OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST AND SAINT ALBAN THE PROTOMARTYR, LUTON, UK

Akathist to Saint John, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord

Kontakion I

Chosen from days of old to be the Forerunner and Baptist of Christ God, the Saviour of the world, Divinely-praised
John, while glorifying the Lord Who glorified thee, we sing thee hymns of praise as to the greatest of those born of woman, as to an angel in the flesh and preacher of repentance. For as thou hast great boldness before the Lord, free us from dangers of all kinds and move us to repentance, as we cry to thee with love: Rejoice, great John, Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord!

Ikos I

Archangel Gabriel, who stands before God, was sent to the priest Zachariah, when he, serving according to his rank, entered with incense into the Sanctuary of the Lord. Standing to the right of the Altar of Incense, the  angel announced to him the good news of thy birth, great John, proclaiming to Zachariah joy and gladness, as many would rejoice at God’s awesome good will concerning thee, reverently crying out in praise of thee:

Rejoice, ineffable confidant of the counsel of God!
Rejoice, fulfillment of His marvelous dispensation!
Rejoice, thou who wast revealed many years before by the prophecy of Isaiah!
Rejoice, messenger before the face of the Lord, prophesied of old!
Rejoice, thou who wast foreordained to be a great prophet of the Most High!
Rejoice, thou who wast born according to the promise of an angel!
Rejoice, thou who wast filled with the Holy Ghost even in thy mother’s womb!
Rejoice, thou who wast consecrated for a great ministry before thy birth!
Rejoice, release of parents’ barrenness!
Rejoice, joy and gladness of a priest of God!
Rejoice, offspring of a daughter of Aaron!
Rejoice, God-given fruit of prayer!
Rejoice, great John, Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist of the Lord!

Kontakion II

When Zachariah saw the angel appearing to him, he was disturbed and fear fell upon him, and he did not believe the words of his announcement concerning thy birth; but when he was stricken with dumbness for his disbelief, he marveled at this most glorious wonder, crying to God with all his heart: Alleluia!

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Prayers to Saint John the Baptist

St John, the holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, whom the Lord called the greatest of the prophets, concludes the history of the Old Testament and opens the era of the New Testament. The holy Prophet John bore witness to the Only Begotten Son of God, incarnate in the flesh. St John was accounted worthy to baptize Him in the waters of the Jordan, and he was a witness of the Theophany of the Most Holy Trinity on the day of the Savior's Baptism.

The holy Prophet John was related to the Lord on His mother's side, the son of the Priest Zachariah and Righteous Elizabeth. The holy Forerunner, John, was born six months before Christ. The Archangel Gabriel announced his birth in the Temple at Jerusalem, revealing to Zachariah that a son was to be born to him.

Through the prayers offered beforehand, the child was filled with the Holy Spirit. St John prepared himself in the wilds of the desert for his great service by a strict life, by fasting, prayer and sympathy for the fate of God's people.

At the age of thirty, he came forth preaching repentance. He appeared on the banks of the Jordan, to prepare the people by his preaching to accept the Savior of the world. In church hymnology, St John is called a "bright morning star," whose gleaming outshone the brilliance of all the other stars, announcing the coming dawn of the day of grace, illumined with the light of the spiritual Sun, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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