Blessed are you, the greatest of prophets
all of whom desired him from a distance.
They longed for but did not see the Messiah, the Son,
but you placed your hand on His head.
Clothed in the Law, you exhibited zeal;
arrayed in the Messiah, you showed mercy.
In you descended and came Elijah, who has not come [otherwise],
whom you, in fact, represented.
The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, / but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner. / You were shown in truth to be the most honorable of the prophets, / for you were deemed worthy to baptize in the streams of the Jordan Him whom they foretold. / Therefore, having suffered for the truth with joy, / you proclaimed to those in hell God who appeared in the flesh, / who takes away the sin of the world, / and grants us great mercy.