Troparia and kontakia for October 19

Prophet Joel

Troparion — Tone 2

We celebrate the memory / of Your prophet Joel, O Lord; / Through him we beseech You: / save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...” / Illumined by the Spirit, your heart was a vessel of illustrious prophecy, / seeing far-off things as though they were present. / Therefore, we venerate you, glorious prophet Joel.

Martyr Varus

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr, Varus, 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 4

Following Christ, O Martyr Varus, you drank of His chalice; / you received the crown of martyrdom and now rejoice with the angels. / Pray for our souls unceasingly.

Translation of the relics of Venerable St John the Abbot of Rila in Bulgaria

Troparion — Tone 1

Your life was a foundation of repentance / and a model of compunction, / an image of consolation and spiritual perfection, / equal to the angels, O venerable one. / You persevered in prayer, fasting and tears, O Father John; / intercede with Christ God for our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 8

Imitating the life of the angels and forsaking all earthly things, / you fled to Christ, O venerable one. / Protecting yourself with His commandments, / you were shown to be an unshakable pillar against the attacks of the enemy. / Therefore, we cry to you: “Rejoice, O Father John, most brilliant light!”

Venerable Prochorus of Pcinja

Troparion — Tone 1

O dweller of the desert and angel in the body, / you were shown to be a wonderworker, our Godbearing Father Prochorus. / You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer: / healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith. / Glory to Him who gave you strength! / Glory to Him who granted you a crown! / Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!

Kontakion — Tone 4

Boldly revealing a great victory and burning with heavenly love, / you disdained the corruptible king and rejected all earthly pleasures; / taking up your abode on Mount Kozjak, / you ascended from it to the King of kings in heaven. / O Prochorus, ceaselessly intercede for us all!