Troparia and kontakia for December 24

Eve of the Nativity of our Lord

Troparion — Tone 4

Mary was of David’s seed, / so she went with Joseph to register in Bethlehem. / She bore in her womb the Fruit not sown by man. / The time for the birth was at hand. / Since there was no room at the inn, / the cave became a beautiful palace for the Queen. / Christ is born, raising up the image that fell of old.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the Virgin comes to the cave / to give birth to the Eternal Word. / Hear the glad tidings and rejoice, O universe! / Glorify with the angels and the shepherds / the Eternal God, who is willing to appear as a little child!

Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome

Troparion — Tone 4

Your lamb Eugenia, O Jesus, / Calls out to You in a loud voice: / I love You, O my bridegroom, / And in seeking You, I endure suffering. / In Baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, / And died so that I might live with You. / Accept me as a pure sacrifice, / For I have offered myself in love. / By her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion — Tone 4

You left the passing glory of the world to follow Christ, / Keeping spotless the brilliance of your soul, / O inspired Martyr Eugenia, worthy of all praise!