(Forenote. Today is the commemoration Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist on the reformed Julian calendar, for Byzantine Christians)
Matins Gospel Luke 7:17-30
 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the country round about.  And John's disciples told him of all these things.  And John called to him two of his disciples, and sent them to Jesus, saying: Art thou he that art to come; or look we for another?  And when the men were come unto him, they said: John the Baptist hath sent us to thee, saying: Art thou he that art to come; or look we for another?
 (And in that same hour, he cured many of their diseases, and hurts, and evil spirits: and to many that were blind he gave sight.)  And answering, he said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, to the poor the gospel is preached:  And blessed is he whosoever shall not be scandalized in me.  And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak to the multitudes concerning John. What went ye out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind?  But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are in costly apparel and live delicately, are in the houses of kings.
 But what went you out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet.  This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.  For I say to you: Amongst those that are born of women, there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist. But he that is the lesser in the kingdom of God, is greater than he.  And all the people hearing, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with John's baptism.  But the Pharisees and the lawyers despised the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized by him.