Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Forerunner

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The '''Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Forerunner''' is commemorated on [[May 25]].
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==Finding==
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The third discovery of the venerable head of the Holy [[Prophet]], [[John the Forerunner| Forerunner and Baptist John]] occurred in about the year 850.  The head of St. John the Forerunner was found in the city of Emesia during a time of unrest at Constantinople connected with the exile of St. [[John Chrysostom]].
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In about 820 the head was transferred to Komana during the [[Islam|Saracen]] raids, and it was hidden in the ground during a period of [[iconoclasm|iconoclastic]] persecution. When the [[veneration]] of [[icons]] was restored, Patriarch [[Ignatius]] (847-857) saw in a vision the place where the head of St. John was hidden. The [[patriarch]] informed the emperor, who sent the delegation that found the head.
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The head was transferred to Constantinople, and on May 25 it was placed in a church at the court. Part of the head is on [[Mount Athos|Mt. Athos]].
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The account of the first and second discoveries of the head of St. John the Forerunner are remembered by the Church on [[February 24]].
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 4) [http://www.oca.org/FSTropars.asp?SID=13&ID=101531]
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:As a divine treasure hidden in the ground
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:Was your head revealed to us by Christ, O prophet and forerunner.
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:We have gathered in commemoration of this finding
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:With inspired hymns of praise to the Savior,
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:Who saves us from corruption through your prayers!
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) [http://www.oca.org/FSTropars.asp?SID=13&ID=101531]
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:By giving your venerable head to a sinful woman,
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:Herod broke the law of God.
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:But we behold it and cry out for joy,
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:And say to you, O forerunner:
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:Pray to the Lord that He may grant mercy to us all!
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==Source==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101531 Third Finding of the Honorable Head of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John] ([[OCA]])
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==External links==
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=66 Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=May&day=25 The Third Finding of the Head of John the Baptist] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
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