Small Menaion – September

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1 SEPTEMBER

+ The Indiction (New Year)
+ Icon Of The Mother Of God Of Miasena
+ St Symeon Stylites And St Martha His Mother

Troparion of the New Year, Tone 2.
Lord of the universe who by Thy power hast established the times and seasons, bless this year with Thy goodness, preserve our rulers and keep Thy flock in peace, through the prayers of the Mother of God, and save us.

Troparion of the Mother of God, Tone 7.
Virgin Mother of God rejoice, Mary full of grace, haven and protection of the human race. The Redeemer of the world became incarnate of thee: thou art ever blessed and glorified. Pray to Christ our God to grant peace to all the world.

Troparion of St Symeon Stylites, Tone l.
O Symeon, righteous father, thou didst become a pillar of patience, and excel like the forefathers: Job in his sufferings, Joseph in temptation, and in the flesh wert like the bodiless ones. Intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.

Kontakion of the New Year, Tone 4.
Creator and Lord of the ages, God of all, transcendent in essence: Bless this year. Save all who worship and cry: Grant us a fruitful year, O Compassionate Redeemer.

Kontakion of the Mother of God, Tone 4.
The icon of thy holy countenance has appeared out of the waters like an ever-flowing fountain pouring forth streams of healing, O spotless Mother of God.

Kontakion of St Symeon Stylites, Tone 2.
While seeking the kingdom of heaven thou wast united to mankind on earth. Thy pillar was a chariot of fire and thou a companion of angels. O righteous Symeon, intercede with Christ our God for us all.


2 SEPTEMBER

+ Holy Martyr Mamas
+ St John The Faster, Patriarch Of Constantinople

Troparion of St Mamas, Tone 3.
Holy descendant of martyrs, thou didst eagerly follow their steps: while preaching the Savior’s Name thou wast fulfilled in contest. Wise and glorious Mamas, pray to Christ our God to save us.

Troparion of St John the Faster, Tone 4.
Anointed by the Holy Spirit, thou didst serve God like an earthly angel, O Shepherd and Hierarch John. Thou didst purify thyself through fasting and grant cleansing to those who eagerly run to thee.

Kontakion of St Mamas, Tone 3.
Shepherd thy people in lifegiving pastures with the staff given thee by God. And crush the invisible enemies beneath the feet of those who praise thee. For all in danger have thee as a fervent intercessor, O holy Mamas.

Kontakion of St John, Tone 4.
Thou didst become like thy namesake the Forerunner, O John, for thou wast radiant with fasting and purity, Christ has made thee a worthy shepherd of His flock; beseech Him to save those who venerate thee.


3 SEPTEMBER

+ Holy Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop Of Nicomedia
+ Our Holy Father Theoctistus, Fellow Ascetic Of Euthymius The Great

Troparion of St Anthimus the Heiromartyr, Tone 1.
Thou didst protect thy flock with thy blood, not fearing thine adversaries. Now thou dost rejoice in heaven,standing before the throne. Glory to Christ Who has strengthened thee; glory to thy courage; glory to thine endurance, O holy Heiromartyr Anthimus.

Troparion of St Theoctistus, Tone 4.
Dedicated as God’s priest from thy youth, thou didst spurn all worldly aims. O righteous Theoctistus, thou wast radiant in thy solitude and strict in the training of monks. Guide those who come to thee and lead them in the way of salvation.

Kontakion of St Anthimus the Hieromartyr, Tone 4.
Illustrious priest and steadfast martyr, Anthimus worthy of praise: thou didst assail idol-worship and champion thy flock who fervently cry out to thee: By thine intercessions deliver us from dangers.

Kontakion of St Theoctistus, Tone 4.
Thou didst keep thy soul pure and present it to God as His creation. Enlightened by Him, Theoctistus, thou didst rise to the peak of endeavour. By thy works thou hast confirmed the grace that was given thee.


4 SEPTEMBER

+ Holy Prophet Moses The Law-Giver And Seer Of God
+ Babylas, Bishop Of Antioch, Hieromartyr

Troparion of the Prophet Moses, Tone 2.
Thou didst ascend to the summit of virtues, O holy Prophet Moses. Thou wast granted to see the glory of God, to receive the tablets of the Law, and to bear grace within thee. Thou wast the joy of the Prophets and a guide to piety.

Troparion of Hieromartyr Babylas, Tone 4.
O Babylas husbandman of righteousness, thou didst cut down the thorns of error. With the radiance of thy priesthood and reddened by the streams of thy blood thou wast presented to Christ crying out: Here am I and Thy children O Jesus: graciously receive us.

Kontakion of the Prophet Moses, Tone 2.
The company of the Prophets rejoices with Moses and Aaron; their prophecy is fulfilled as the Cross whereby Thou hast saved us shines forth. Save our souls by their prayers, O Christ our God.

Kontakion of Hieromartyr Babylas, Tone 4.
Thou didst treasure in thine heart the mysteries of the faith without fearing the tyrant O Hieromartyr Babylas, servant of Christ, preserve us.


5 SEPTEMBER

+ Holy Prophet Zacharias, Father Of The Forerunner

Troparion of St Zacharias, Tone 4.
Arrayed in priestly vestments, thou didst offer sacrifice according to God’s law. Thou wast a light and a seer of mysteries bearing the signs of grace within thee. Thou wast slain in the temple of God, O Zacharias, Prophet of Christ. Together with the Forerunner pray that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion of St Zacharias, Tone 3.
Zacharias, Prophet and Priest and father of the Forerunner, is preparing a feast for the faithful and is mixing a draught of righteousness. Let us praise him, as a holy seer of the grace of God.


6 SEPTEMBER

+ Miracle Of The Archangel Michael At Chonae

Troparion of the Archangel Michael, Tone 4.
Michael, Prince of the armies of heaven thou didst overshadow the Church like a cloud raining waters of immortality. Thou didst preserve it as another ark and turn rivers aside with thy spear, to the glory of the Faith and the rejoicing of the faithful.

Kontakion of the Archangel Michael, Tone 2.
O chief commander of God, minister of glory divine, captain of the angels and instructor of men: beg thou great mercy and that which is profitable for us, for thou art the supreme commander of the bodiless hosts.


7 SEPTEMBER

+ Forefeast Of The Nativity Of The Most Holy Mother Of God
+ Holy Martyr Sozon The Shepherd

Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 4.
From the root of Jesse and from David’s loins the divine maiden Mary is born for us today, and all things are filled with God and renewed. Rejoice together, heaven and earth! Praise her, you countries of the nations! Joachim rejoices and Anna keeps festival, crying: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.

Troparion of St Sozon, Tone 1.
O Martyr Sozon, thou didst pledge thy life to God, endure the contest and become a sharer in Christ’s Passion. Save from temptation those who cry to thee: Glory to Him Who strengthened thee; Glory to Him Who crowned thee; glory to Him Who through thee works healings for all.

Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3.
Today the bridal chamber of the heavenly Bridegroom, Mary the Virgin Mother of God, by God’s will is born of a barren woman, and the chariot of the Word of God is beautifully adorned. She is the gate and the Mother of life: for this God chose her.

Kontakion of St Sozon, Tone 2.
Together let us praise with loud voices Sozon the Athlete of piety, vessel of grace and bestower of healings. He prays to God for us all.


8 SEPTEMBER

+ THE NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Troparion of the Mother of God, Tone 4.
Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all the world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Kontakion of the Mother of God, Tone 4.
Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.


9 SEPTEMBER

+ The Holy And Righteous Joachim And Anna

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Troparion of Ss Joachim and Anna, Tone 2.
We celebrate the memory of Thy righteous forebears and through them we entreat Thee, O Lord, to save our souls.

Another Troparion of Ss Joachim and Anna, Tone 5.
Let us sing praises to Joachim and Anna, the couple honoured by God (and they are His kinsmen). They have borne for us the Maiden who in a manner beyond understanding gave birth to Him Who though fleshless, became the incarnate to save the world. With her they intercede for our souls.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee:The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.

Kontakion of Ss Joachim and Anna, Tone 2.
Anna rejoices, released from her barrenness, and nurses her most pure child. She calls all people to glorify Him Who gave the Virgin Mother to mankind from her womb.


10 SEPTEMBER

+ The Holy Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora And Nymphodora

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all the world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Troparion of the Virgin Martyrs, Tone 1.
Let all who rejoice at their triumph honour these three Virgin Martyrs who are united to God as sisters and pour forth fair streams of grace: Menodora, Metrodora and Nymphodora who were in all things courageous. They ever pray to the Trinity for us.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.

Kontakion of the Virgin Martyrs, Tone 4.
You endured suffering for the Trinity and as sisters united in spirit you defeated the enemy’s guile. You have entered heaven with the five virgins and with Angels stand before the King.


11 SEPTEMBER

+ St Theodora Of Alexandria

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all the world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Troparion of St Theodora, Tone 3.
Thou didst offer thy life as a holy gift, O righteous Theodora: for radiant with the light of repentance thou didst illumine mankind. Pray to Christ Who has glorified thee to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.

Kontakion of St Theodora, Tone 2.
Thou didst spend thy life in fasting and prayer and entreat forgiveness of thy sin: and thou didst receive it and show us the way of repentance, O righteous Mother Theodora.


12 SEPTEMBER

+ Leave-Taking Of The Feast Of The Nativity Of The Most Holy Mother Of God

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all the world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.


13 SEPTEMBER

+ Forefeast Of The Exaltation Of The Precious And Life Giving Cross
+ Holy Hieromartyr Cornelius The Centurion

Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 2.
We lift up in prayer the lifegiving Cross which Thou in Thy goodness hast given us, unworthy as we are. O Lord, save all who pray to Thee, and grant peace through the Mother of God, O only Lover of mankind.

Troparion of St Cornelius, Tone 4.
O blessed Cornelius, thou wast distinguished in works of righteousness and received the enlightenment of godliness, and wast a fellow labourer with the Apostles, for thou didst share their work and preach Christ’s incarnation to all. With them pray that all who honour thee may be saved.

Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 4.
Thy precious Cross rises like the sun and mystically makes all pure and holy. Let us prepare to welcome it with faith.

Kontakion of St Cornelius, Tone 4.
O inspired Cornelius, the Church has received thee as a first-fruit of the Gentiles, and thou hast illumined her with thy works.


14 SEPTEMBER

+ The Exaltation Of The Precious And Lifegiving Cross

Troparion, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
O Christ our God, Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.


15 SEPTEMBER

+ St Nicetas The Goth

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Troparion of St Nicetas, Tone 3.
Thou didst defeat error and triumph in martyrdom, Nicetas namesake of victory: for thou didst conquer the ranks of the enemy and end thy contest by fire. Pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
O Christ our God Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Kontakion of St Nicetas, Tone 2.
Thou didst stand firm and defeat delusion and hast received thy Martyr’s crown, O Nicetas, namesake of victory; thou art rejoicing with the Angels. Together with them pray unceasingly to Christ our God to save our souls.


16 SEPTEMBER

+ The Great And All-Famed Martyr Euphemia

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Troparion of St Euphemia, Tone 3.
In love thy contest was radiant and thou didst run to the fragrance of Christ. O virtuous Virgin-Martyr, thou hast entered the bridal chamber and dost send healing into the world. Save those who cry to thee: Rejoice, O holy Euphemia.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
O Christ our God Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Kontakion of St Euphemia, Tone 4.
Thou didst win thy martyr’s contest and dost now sanctify us with streams of miracles, O holy Euphemia. We honour thy repose and stand before thy relics to be delivered from our souls’ diseases and obtain the grace of miracles.


17 SEPTEMBER

+ The Holy Martyr Sophia And Her Three Daughters Faith, Hope, And Love

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant Victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Troparion of St Sophia and her Three Daughters, Tone 5.
Thou didst blossom in the courts of the Lord as a fruitful olive tree, O holy Martyr Sophia; in thy contest thou didst offer to Christ the sweet fruit of thy womb, Love, Hope and Faith. With them, intercede for us all.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
O Christ our God Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Kontakion of St Sophia and her Three Daughters, Tone 1.
Faith, Hope and Love, holy branches of noble Sophia, by grace made Greek wisdom foolishness. They have contested and won the Victory and have been crowned by Christ the Master of all.


18 SEPTEMBER

+ St Eumenes, Bishop Of Gortyna In Crete, Wonderworker

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Troparion of St Eumenes, Tone 4.
We have thee as a friend and helper, O gracious advocate Eumenes: for thou didst flow with compassion and dost pour healing upon the Church. Protect those who honour thee.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
O Christ our God Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Kontakion of St Eumenes, Tone 2.
Radiant with divine Light, blessed Hierarch Eumenes, thou dost illumine those who hymn thy glorious passing. For thou dost pray unceasingly for us all.


19 SEPTEMBER

+ Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, And Dorymedon

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Troparion of the Martyrs, Tone 3.
Adorned with the might of the Trinity you cut off the thorns of error, blessed Trophimus delight of the Church, wise Sabbatius adornment of athletes, and Dorymedon glory of the faithful. We praise you with hymns.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
O Christ our God Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Kontakion of the Martyrs, Tone 4.
Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius and Dorymedon, you were a river flowing with the gifts of the Spirit and now you water the world with miracles.


20 SEPTEMBER

+ Great Martyr Eustathius, His Wife Theopiste, And Their Two Sons Agapius And Theopistus
+ St Michael, Prince Of Chernigov And His Boyar Theodore, Martyrs At The Hands Of The Tartars

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Troparion of St Eustathius, Tone 1.
O glorious Eustathius, thou wast hunted from heaven and captured by Him Who appeared as a deer. Together with thy wife and sons thou wast tempted and didst triumph in contests. Thou dost gladden those who cry: Glory to Christ Who glorified thee; glory to Him Who crowned thee;glory to Him Who proved thee to be a second John.

Troparion of St Michael, Prince of Chernigov and his Boyar Theodore, Tone 4.
You fulfilled your lives as martyrs, were adorned with the crowns of confession and ascended into heaven. O wise Michael and brave Theodore, pray to Christ our God to have mercy on your fatherland and on all Orthodox Christians.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
O Christ our God Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Kontakion of St Eustathius, Tone 2.
Thou didst follow Christ’s Passion, Eustathius, and willingly drank His chalice. Thou art also fellow-heir to His glory and hast received from Him heavenly power.

Kontakion of St Michael and his Boyar Theodore, Tone 8.
Despising earthly dominion thou didst abandon fame as transient. Thou didst enter the contests and proclaim the Trinity before thy tormentors, strong Michael and brave Theodore. As you stand before the King of Angels pray for your fatherland and Orthodox Christians, that we may ever venerate you.


21 SEPTEMBER

+ Leavetaking Of The Feast Of The Elevation Of The Precious And Lifegiving Cross
+ St Quadratus Of The Seventy

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant Victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Troparion of St Quadratus, Tone 1.
Thy life became radiant with wisdom; thou didst draw down the fire of the Spirit and discern the doctrines of life, Quadratus, Apostle of Christ. We cry to thee as to an enlightener: Glory to Christ Who has glorified thee; glory to Him Who has crowned thee: glory to Him Who through thee works healings for all.

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4.
O Christ our God Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Kontakion of St Quadratus, Tone 8.
O Lord, the world offers to Thee the Apostle Quadratus as a holy Hierarch and Martyr. As we hymn his memory we pray Thee to grant forgiveness to those who sing: Alleluia.


22 SEPTEMBER

+ St Phocas Of Sinope, Hieromartyr

Troparion, Tone 4.
Radiant vessel of the Spirit from thy youth, thou wast enriched with the gift of miracles; thou didst serve thy Savior in the priestly office and drink of His cup in thy contest. Holy Hieromartyr Phocas, entreat Him to Save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 2.
The Master has set thee as a brilliant sun shining on all the faithful. He has accepted thy life, faith and contest as myrrh, O glorious Martyr Phocas, for He is rich in mercy.


22-28 SEPTEMBER

SATURDAY AFTER THE LEAVETAKING OF THE FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE PRECIOUS CROSS:

+ Synaxis Of The Righteous Fathers Of The Near Kievan Caves

Troparion, Tone 4.
We bring to Thee in prayer, O Christ, great Anthony and the assembly of the God-bearing Fathers; they are a fiery Pillar and a brilliant sun shining from the Kievan Caves. By their prayers grant grace to our monastery and great mercy to our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 2.
Let us honour with praises the ascetic choir as we behold them with our minds and in spirit. As we venerate their relics, let us bring gifts of love, for they pray to God for our souls.


23 SEPTEMBER

+ Conception Of St John The Baptist

Troparion, Tone 4.
Sing, O barren one that didst not bear, for thou hast conceived the lamp of the Sun Who is to enlighten the whole world suffering blindness. O Zacharias rejoice and shout: “The prophet of the Most High is to be born.”

Kontakion, Tone 1.
Great Zacharias radiantly rejoices together with Elizabeth: she worthily conceived John the Forerunner whom the Angel announced with great gladness and whom we honour as an initiate of grace.


24 SEPTEMBER

+ St Thecla, The First Woman-Martyr Equal-To-The Apostles

Troparion of St Thecla, Tone 3.
Inspired by the divine teacher’s words thou wast inflamed with love for thy Creator. Thou didst disdain all earthly pleasures and endure wild beasts and fire. O glorious Thecla, companion of Paul, entreat thy divine Bridegroom to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of St Thecla, Tone 8.
Radiant with virginity and adorned with the crown of martyrdom, thou wast a bearer of the Faith. Thou didst turn flames to dew and tame a wild bull by thy prayer, O glorious Thecla, first woman martyr.


25 SEPTEMBER

+ St Euphrosyne Of Alexandria

Troparion of St Euphrosyne, Tone 1.
As an ascetic thou didst hide thy womanhood and thy falling asleep was an amazement, O Euphrosyne. Though a woman, thou didst toil as a man and by thy prayers thou dost save those who honour thee.

Kontakion of St Euphrosyne, Tone 2.
Desiring the life on high and forsaking all earthly pleasures thou didst live as a man among men, O holy Euphrosyne. For the sake of Christ thy Bridegroom thou didst spurn earthly betrothal.


26 SEPTEMBER

+ Translation Of The Apostle & Evangelist St John The Theologian

Troparion of St John, Tone 2.
Apostle beloved of Christ our God, hasten to deliver a defenceless people. He Who allowed thee to recline on His breast receives thee bowing in prayer, O John the Theologian. Implore Him to dispel heathen persistance and to grant us peace and mercy.

Kontakion of St John, Tone 2.
Who can tell of thy mighty works, O beloved Saint? Thou didst pour forth miracles. Thou art a source of healing and dost intercede for our souls as Theologian and friend of Christ.


27 SEPTEMBER

+ Holy Martyr Callistratus And The Forty Nine Holy Martyrs With Him

Troparion of St Callistratus, Tone 3.
Strengthened by the Holy Spirit thou wast glorious in contest and didst cast down the enemy, O Martyr Callistratus. And thou dost offer a noble army of athletes as incense to Christ. With them pray for us who praise thee with hymns.

Kontakion of St Callistratus, Tone 4.
Like stars you have shone upon the world and shed the light of contests and miracles on all who cry to you: Rejoice Callistratus with your company of fellow Martyrs.


28 SEPTEMBER

+ Our Holy Father And Confessor Chariton
+ Holy Prophet Baruch

Troparion of St Chariton, Tone 4.
O blessed Chariton, radiant with the grace of the Spirit thou wast luminous with virtue. Thou didst shine from the desert by confession and labours. Pray for those who sing thy praises.

Troparion of the Prophet Baruch, Tone 8.
Thou wast worthy of the light of prophecy and didst become companion to Jeremias. Thou didst foretell the self-emptying of God the Word which He wrought for the world’s salvation. We who partake of this in the true Faith honour thee, O Prophet Baruch.

Kontakion of St Chariton, Tone 2.
Thou didst delight in monastic discipline and bridle carnal desire, and didst increase in faith, O blessed Chariton. Thou hast flourished as the tree of life in the midst of Paradise.

Kontakion of the Prophet Baruch, Tone 8.
Like a prophetic harp thou didst sing and foretell the Redeemer’s dispensation: “This is our God Who did show Himself upon earth and none other shall be compared to Him.” Thus hast thou revealed the gate of knowledge, O Baruch, to those who worship His coming.


29 SEPTEMBER

+ St Cyriacus The Ascetic

Troparion, Tone 1.
Thou didst make the wilderness thy dwelling and become an angel in the flesh and a wonderworker. Thou wast found worthy of grace to heal all who hastened to thee, O blessed Cyriac. Glory to Christ Who has glorified thee; glory to Him Who has crowned thee; glory to Him Who through thee works healings for all.

Kontakion, Tone 8.
The sacred Lavra honours thee as a mighty champion and helper, and yearly celebrates thy memory. Thou hast boldness towards the Lord: preserve us from all enemy attack that we may cry to thee: Rejoice Cyriac our holy father.


30 SEPTEMBER

+ Holy Hieromartyr Gregory The Illuminator, Bishop And Evangelist Of Great Armenia

Troparion of St Gregory, Tone 3.
Thou didst sow the knowledge of God in the hearts of the faithful, by cultivating the Faith; made radiant by the wounds of martyrdom thou didst shed thy light on all. O Hierarch Gregory, pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of St Gregory, Tone 2.
Let us the faithful praise Hierarch Gregory who is a shepherd, teacher and enlightener; and he is an athlete for the Truth. He intercedes with Christ our God that we may be saved.