Troparia and kontakia for January 8

Afterfeast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Troparion — Tone 4

Of old, the river Jordan / turned back before Elisha’s mantle at Elijah’s ascension. / The waters were parted in two / and the waterway became a dry path. / This is truly a symbol of baptism / by which we pass through this mortal life. / Christ has appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters!

Kontakion — Tone 4

Today the Lord enters the Jordan and cries out to John: / “Do not be afraid to baptize me. / For I have come to save Adam, the first-formed man.”

Venerable George the Chozebite, Abbot

Troparion — Tone 5

God-bearing Father George, / you cultivated the word of grace and gathered the splendid fruits of righteousness, / having chosen the way of godliness. / Therefore, you partook of the glory of Christ; / intercede with Him unceasingly / that He may have mercy on our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...” / You have appeared as a brilliant light / and have illumined with divine rays those who cry to you, O George. / Pray for us to Christ the Master, / Who appeared in the waters / to illumine those born on earth.

72 Martyrs at Yuriev, Estonia

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs, O Lord, / Through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. / For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, / And shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Martyr Theophilus the Deacon, in Libya

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Theophilus, O Lord, / Through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. / For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, / And shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through his intercessions, save our souls!

Martyr Helladius, in Libya

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Helladius, O Lord, / Through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. / For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, / And shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through his intercessions, save our souls!