Troparia and kontakia for August 23

Leavetaking of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 1

In giving birth you preserved your virginity, / In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, / And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

Kontakion — Tone 2

Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, / Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. / For being the Mother of Life, / She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.

Martyr Lupus the Slave of St Demetrius of Thessalonica

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Lupus, 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

As a steadfast warrior of the Lord, / you vanquished the enemy array, O Lupus. / Strengthened by divine love, / with strength surpassing that of man you prevailed in your contest. / Now you unceasingly intercede with Christ our God for us all.

Hieromartyr Irenaeus the Bishop of Lyons

Troparion — Tone 4

By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, / you became a successor to their throne. / Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; / by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith, even to the shedding of your blood. / Hieromartyr Irenæus, entreat Christ God to save our souls.