Troparia and kontakia for February 23

Hieromartyr Polycarp the Bishop of Smyrna

Troparion — Tone 4

By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, / you became a successor to their throne. / Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; / by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith, even to the shedding of your blood. / Hieromartyr Polycarp, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 1

Through virtues, you offered spiritual fruit to the Lord, / therefore, you were glorified as a worthy hierarch, wise Polycarp. / Today, we who have been enlightened by your words / extol in song your praise-worthy memory, / there-by giving glory to the Lord.