Troparia and kontakia for April 5

5th Saturday of Great Lent: of the Akathist to the Theotokos

Troparion — Tone 8

When the archangel understood the mysterious command, / he came to the house of Joseph with haste and proclaimed to the unwedded Lady: / The One Who bowed the heavens by His condescension / is contained wholly and without change in you! / As I behold Him in your womb, taking the form of a servant, I am frightened, but cry: / Rejoice, unwedded Bride!

Kontakion — Tone 8

Victorious leader of triumphant hosts, / we your servants, delivered from evil, sing our grateful thanks to you, Theotokos! / As you possess invincible might set us free from every calamity, / so that we may sing: Rejoice, unwedded Bride!

Martyr Agathopodes the Deacon, and those with him, at Thessalonica

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs Agathopodes and Theodulus, and those with them, O Lord, / through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. / For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 2

As courageous soldiers of Christ, / you scattered the enemy principalities, O blessed martyrs. / Rejoicing in one spirit, you proclaimed together: / ”Christ is the crown of athletes.”

Martyr Theodulus the Reader, and those with him, at Thessalonica

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs Agathopodes and Theodulus, and those with them, O Lord, / through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. / For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 2

As courageous soldiers of Christ, / you scattered the enemy principalities, O blessed martyrs. / Rejoicing in one spirit, you proclaimed together: / ”Christ is the crown of athletes.”