Because of the vicissitudes of time, the venerable head of
the holy Forerunner was lost for a third time and rediscovered in
Comana of Cappadocia through a revelation to 'a certain priest, but it
was found not, as before, in a clay jar, but in a silver vessel, and "in
a sacred place." It was taken from Comana to Constantinople and was met
with great solemnity by the Emperor, the Patriarch, and the clergy and
people. See also February 24.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
Christ God hath revealed to us thy truly ven'rable head as a
divine treasure that had been concealed in the earth, O Prophet and
Forerunner. Wherefore, as we gather on the feast of its finding, with
our hymns inspired of God, we praise Christ the Saviour, Who by thy
mighty prayers saveth us from every kind of harm.
Kontakion in the Second Tone
Since we have obtained thy head as a most sacred rose from out of
the earth, O Forerunner of grace divine, we receive sure healing in
every hour, O Prophet of God the Lord; for again, now as formerly, thou
preachest repentance unto all the world.