Troparia and kontakia for March 16

Saturday of Cheesefare Commemoration of all our God-bearing Fathers and Mothers who shone forth in asceticism

Troparion — Tone 8

O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation, / O ideal of monks and invincible champion of theologians, / O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, / al-ways intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Now is the time for action! / Judgment Judgment is at the doors! / So let us rise and fast, / offering alms with tears of compunction and crying: / “Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea; / but forgive us, O Master of All, / so that we may receive the incorruptible crowns.”

Kontakion — Tone 8

Holy and divine instrument of wisdom, / joyful trumpet of theology, / together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory. / Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father, / so that we may sing to you: “Rejoice, preacher of grace.”

Martyr Sabinus of Egypt

Troparion — Tone 1

With godliness you preached to the ungodly / that the Creator of all took flesh without undergoing change. / You excelled in your holy contest, / for by meeting death in the river you attained to the Source of incorruption. / Therefore, we praise you, blessed Sabinas.

Kontakion — Tone 2

God-bearing Sabinas, / you are a divine root, an unfading blossom, / a branch heavily-laden with fruit. / Fill with gladness those who honor your memory, / and unceasingly pray for us all!