Troparia and kontakia for May 3

Great and Holy Friday

Troparion — Tone 2

The Noble Joseph, / When he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree, / Wrapped it in fine linen, / And anointed it with spices, / And placed it in a new tomb.

Troparion — Tone 2

The angel came to the myrrh-bearing women at the tomb and said: / Myrrh is fitting for the dead, / But Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption.

Kontakion — Tone 8

Come, let us all sing the praises of Him who was crucified for us, / For Mary said when she beheld Him upon the tree: / Though You do endure the cross, You are my Son and my God!

Martyr Timothy the Reader and his wife in Egypt

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs Timothy and Maura, 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!

Kontakion — Tone 4

You accepted many humiliations, / And deserved to be crowned by God. / Great and praiseworthy Timothy and Maura, / Intercede with the Lord for us / That we may celebrate your most pure memory; / That He may grant peace to our land and people, / For He is a powerful stronghold for the faithful!

Martyr Maura of Antinoe in Egypt

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs Timothy and Maura, 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!

Kontakion — Tone 4

You accepted many humiliations, / And deserved to be crowned by God. / Great and praiseworthy Timothy and Maura, / Intercede with the Lord for us / That we may celebrate your most pure memory; / That He may grant peace to our land and people, / For He is a powerful stronghold for the faithful!

Venerable Theodosius the Abbot of the Kiev Far Caves Monastery, and Founder of Coenobitic Monasticism in Russia

Troparion — Tone 8

Having been raised on virtue, you loved the monastic life from your youth, / and having valiantly attained your desire, you lived in a cave; / you adorned your life with the radiance of fasting, persevering in prayer as though bodiless. / Like a bright lamp you illumined the Russian lands, Father Theodosius. / Entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 3

“Today the Virgin...” / Today let us honor a star of Russia, / who shone forth from the East, and came to the West. / The entire world has been enriched by wonders and blessings, / and all of us by grace / and by the establishment of the monastic rule by Blessed Theodosius.