Troparia and kontakia for July 8

Icon of the Mother of God “Our Lady of Sitka”

Troparion — Tone 4

Today, like the morning sun rising over us, / Your all-honored icon enlightens the world with rays of mercy / And our land reverently receives it / as a divine gift from on high, / Glorifying you, O Birthgiver of God, Our Lady of Sitka, / With joy magnifying Christ our God Who was born of you. / Pray to Him O Lady Mary, Queen and Theotokos / That all cities and lands be protected from our enemies, / And that they will be saved who in faith venerate your most pure icon / That has come to dwell with us, O Virgin Mother, / who shows us the way to Christ.

Kontakion — Tone 8

O Mother of God, chosen from all generations to be the protectress of the Christian people; / We offer you songs of thanksgiving for your wonderworking Icon that has come to Alaska. / You are a fountain of mercy and help all who seek refuge in you. / Defend us in all afflictions, necessities and tribulations that we may cry to you: / Rejoice, zealous defender of the Orthodox faithful in America.

Greatmartyr Procopius of Caesarea, in Palestine

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Procopius, 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 2

Podoben: “Seeking the highest...” / Set ablaze by divine zeal for Christ and protected by the might of the Cross, / you cast down the insolence and boldness of the enemy, Procopius. / You exalted the honorable Church, / excelling in faith and giving light to us all!

Appearance of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 4

O Tender-hearted defender, Mother of our Lord, / Intercede for us before your Son, Christ our God! / Save all who hasten to take shelter / Under your strong protection! / Defend, O Mistress, Empress and Lady, / All who in danger or misfortune, / Or weakened with the malady of many sins / Stand before Your holy Image / Praying with tears and humble mind, / Repentant heart and invincible hope. / Free them from all evil; give them the grace they need, / And save us all, O Virgin Mother of God, / For you are the divine refuge of your followers!

Kontakion — Tone 4

O all-blameless Virgin Mother of Christ God: / Your most holy soul was pierced by a sword / When you beheld your Son and God willfully crucified, / Therefore never cease to pray to Him, O all-blessed One, / That He may grant us remission of our sins!