Troparia and kontakia for September 13

Forefeast of the Elevation of the Cross

Troparion — Tone 4

We offer in supplication / the life-creating Cross of Your goodness, O Lord, / which You have granted to us / although we are unworthy. / Through the Theotokos, save all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of mankind.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...” / Your precious Cross rises like the sun / and mystically makes all things holy and pure. / Let us prepare to welcome it with faith.

Commemoration of the Founding of the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) at Jerusalem

Troparion — Tone 4

You have revealed the beauty of the holy dwelling place of Your glory on earth / to be like the splendor of the heavenly firmament, O Lord. / Through the prayers of the Theotokos, / strengthen it for ever and ever / and accept our supplication / which we ceaselessly offer to You therein, / the life and resurrection of all.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...” / The Church has been revealed to be a heaven filled with light / which enlightens all the faithful. / Standing within it we cry: “Establish this house, O Lord.”

Hieromartyr Cornelius the Centurion

Troparion — Tone 4

O Blessed Cornelius, / You were distinguished in works of righteousness. / You received the enlightenment of godliness, / And were a fellow-laborer with the Apostles, / For you shared in their work, / Preaching Christ’s incarnation to all. / With them pray that all who honor your memory may be saved!

Kontakion — Tone 4

O Divinely minded Cornelius, / The Church, receiving you as a blessed first-fruit of the Gentiles, / Is enlightened by your holy life, / For you are a perfect seer of the Mysteries!