Troparia and kontakia for February 9

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee Beginning of the Lenten Triodion

Kontakion — Tone 4

Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee! / And learn humility from the Publican’s tears! / Let us cry to our Savior, / have mercy on us, / only merciful One!

Leavetaking of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple

Troparion — Tone 1

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace! / From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. / Enlightening those who sat in darkness! / Rejoice, and be glad, O righteous elder; / You accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, / Who grants us the Resurrection.

Kontakion — Tone 1

By Your nativity, You did sanctify the Virgin’s womb, / And did bless Simeon’s hands, O Christ God. / Now You have come and saved us through love. / Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of man!

Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch, in Syria

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Nicephorus, 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 1

Bound with chains of love, O Nicephorus, / you demolished the malice of hatred. / And when beheaded, you became a holy martyr for the Incarnate Savior. / Pray to Him for us who praise your glorious memory in song.

Uncovering of the relics of St Innocent the Bishop of Irkutsk

Troparion — Tone 3

O light most brilliant of the Church: / With rays of goodness you have dawned forth upon this land. / Through many healings of those who approach your tomb with faith, / You gave glory to God. / We beseech you, O holy father, bishop Innocent, / Through your prayers protect this city, / From all misfortune and sorrow!