Troparia and kontakia for August 2

Translation of the relics of the Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen from Jerusalem to Constantinople

Troparion — Tone 4

Your relics have risen from the depths of the earth, / like a treasury for the immortal life of all of creation. / The Church, rejoicing in the grace that she receives from them, / duteously honors you, Protomartyr Stephen. / Preserve us from error and heresy by your intercession!

Kontakion — Tone 6

You were the first to be sown on the earth by the Heavenly Husbandman, O all-praised one. / You were the first to shed your blood on the earth for Christ, O blessed one. / You were the first to receive the crown of victory from Him in heaven, / Stephen, first of the suffering God-crowned martyrs.

Blessed Basil of Moscow the Fool-For-Christ

Troparion — Tone 8

Your life, O Basil, was true and your chastity undefiled. / In fasting, vigilance and exposure to heat and frost / You subdued your flesh for the sake of Christ. / Therefore your countenance shone with the brilliance of the sun. / Today the faithful glorify your holy falling-asleep. / Implore Christ to deliver us from all bondage, dissension and war, / And to grant great mercy to our souls!