Troparia and kontakia for January 9

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.”

Martyr Polyeuctus of Melitene, in Armenia

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Polyeuctus, O Lord, / through his suffering 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!

Kontakion — Tone 4

When the Savior bowed his head in the Jordan, / the heads of the dragons were crushed; / when Polyeuctus was beheaded, the deceiver deceiver was put to shame.