Troparia and kontakia for September 5

Prophet Zachariah the father of St John the Baptist

Troparion — Tone 2

The memory of Your prophets Zachariah and Elizabeth / We celebrate today, O Lord. / By their prayers, we beseech You, / O Christ God, save our souls!

Troparion — Tone 4

Robed in the vestments of the priesthood, / according to the Law of God you offered whole-burnt offerings in a sacred manner, wise Zachariah. / You became a luminary and a seer of the mysteries, / bearing within yourself the signs of grace, all-wise one. / Slain by the sword in the temple of God, O prophet of Christ, / intercede together with the Forerunner / that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the prophet Zachariah, priest of the Most High / and parent of the Forerunner, / has prepared a banquet to his memory to nourish the faithful, / mixing the drink of righteousness. / Therefore we praise him as a divine initiate of the grace of God.

Righteous Elizabeth the mother of St John the Baptist

Troparion — Tone 2

The memory of Your prophets Zachariah and Elizabeth / We celebrate today, O Lord. / By their prayers, we beseech You, / O Christ God, save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 4

As the full moon brightly reflects the light of the sun, / you reflected the glory of the Messiah, the Light of wisdom! / With Zachariah you walked in all of the Lord’s commandments, Elizabeth, beloved by God. / So as we bless you with fitting songs, / we praise the Lord, the bountiful Light, Who enlightens all.