Troparia and kontakia for April 7

3rd Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Cross

Troparion — Tone 8

Behold the Bridegroom comes at midnight, / And blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching, / And again unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. / Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, / Lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom. / But rouse yourself crying: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O our God! / Through the Theotokos have mercy on us!

Kontakion — Tone 2

You know that this is the last hour, O wretched soul, / And fear the cutting of the fig tree. / Work diligently therefore at the talent given to you / Keep watch and pray: / Let us not remain outside the bridal chamber of Christ.

St Tikhon the Patriarch of Moscow, and Enlightener of North America

Troparion — Tone 1

Let us praise Tikhon, the patriarch of all Russia, / And enlightener of North America / An ardent follower of the Apostolic traditions, / And good pastor of the Church of Christ. / Who was elected by divine providence, / And laid down his life for his sheep. / Let us sing to him with faith and hope, / And ask for his hierarchical intercessions: / Keep the church in Russia in tranquility, / And the church in North America in peace. / Gather her scattered children into one flock, / Bring to repentance those who have renounced the True Faith, / Preserve our lands from civil strife, / And entreat God’s peace for all people!

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the assembly of New Martyrs / Stands together with us in the Church / And together we raise a festive song / Celebrating the uncovering of the relics of our Hierarch Father Tikhon / Who defeated the enemy and preserved the Faith / While protecting the flock entrusted to him. / For he ever prays for us all / That we may never be deprived of the Love of God.

St George the Confessor the Bishop of Mitylene

Troparion — Tone 3

Like a meadow planted by God / You were fruitful with the grace of the Spirit, / O holy Archpastor of the Mysteries. / You cultivated the souls of the faithful / Refreshing them with living water. / O righteous Father George, / Pray Christ our God to grant us great mercy!

Kontakion — Tone 4

You shone on the world like the sun, O holy and righteous George, / Inspired initiate of the holy Faith, / Enlightening your disciples!