Troparia and kontakia for April 16

Great and Holy Wednesday

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!

Virginmartyr Agape in Thessalonica

Troparion — Tone 1

Sisters in the flesh united in the Spirit, / you wrestled with the prince of evil and endured your martyrdom. / Holy and blest Agape, Irene, and Chionia, / pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Troparion — Tone 4

Completing the course of your life in martyrdom / And having kept the faith, / As lambs endowed with reason / You were led before Christ the Lamb and Shepherd. / Therefore rejoicing now in spirit, / We celebrate your wondrous and holy memory, / Magnifying Christ.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Bright mirrors of virginity, / radiant with your martyrdom, / you fill the Church with light and dispel the darkness of evil, / Agape, Irene, and Chionia, Christ’s precious jewels.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Becoming beautiful brides of Christ, / You offered to Him a gift of blood and sacrifice, / O passion-bearing maidens, / Irene, Agape and glorious Chionia, / Rightly entering the bridal chamber, / Ever filled with ineffable enlightenment. / Therefore celebrating in spirit / Your precious and holy memory, / We give glory to the Savior / And cry out in piety: / Pray to the Lord for us.

Virginmartyr Irene in Thessalonica

Troparion — Tone 1

Sisters in the flesh united in the Spirit, / you wrestled with the prince of evil and endured your martyrdom. / Holy and blest Agape, Irene, and Chionia, / pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Troparion — Tone 4

Completing the course of your life in martyrdom / And having kept the faith, / As lambs endowed with reason / You were led before Christ the Lamb and Shepherd. / Therefore rejoicing now in spirit, / We celebrate your wondrous and holy memory, / Magnifying Christ.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Bright mirrors of virginity, / radiant with your martyrdom, / you fill the Church with light and dispel the darkness of evil, / Agape, Irene, and Chionia, Christ’s precious jewels.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Becoming beautiful brides of Christ, / You offered to Him a gift of blood and sacrifice, / O passion-bearing maidens, / Irene, Agape and glorious Chionia, / Rightly entering the bridal chamber, / Ever filled with ineffable enlightenment. / Therefore celebrating in spirit / Your precious and holy memory, / We give glory to the Savior / And cry out in piety: / Pray to the Lord for us.

Virginmartyr Chionia in Thessalonica

Troparion — Tone 1

Sisters in the flesh united in the Spirit, / you wrestled with the prince of evil and endured your martyrdom. / Holy and blest Agape, Irene, and Chionia, / pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Troparion — Tone 4

Completing the course of your life in martyrdom / And having kept the faith, / As lambs endowed with reason / You were led before Christ the Lamb and Shepherd. / Therefore rejoicing now in spirit, / We celebrate your wondrous and holy memory, / Magnifying Christ.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Bright mirrors of virginity, / radiant with your martyrdom, / you fill the Church with light and dispel the darkness of evil, / Agape, Irene, and Chionia, Christ’s precious jewels.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Becoming beautiful brides of Christ, / You offered to Him a gift of blood and sacrifice, / O passion-bearing maidens, / Irene, Agape and glorious Chionia, / Rightly entering the bridal chamber, / Ever filled with ineffable enlightenment. / Therefore celebrating in spirit / Your precious and holy memory, / We give glory to the Savior / And cry out in piety: / Pray to the Lord for us.