Troparia and kontakia for December 4

Glorification of the Priestmartyr Alexander Hotovitzky

Troparion — Tone 6

In a time of fiery temptations for the Church of Russia, / you manifested Christ’s love to your flock through meekness and humility. / As a good pastor you laid down your life for Him. / Pray for us, Hieromartyr Alexander, that our souls may be illumined!

Kontakion — Tone 2

Hieromartyr Alexander, / you bore labors and illness upon your shoulders, / and joyfully took the narrow path of suffering for Christ, / through which you attained the heavenly Kingdom. / Entreat God the Savior to grant us mercy on the Day of Judgment!

Greatmartyr Barbara at Heliopolis, in Syria

Troparion — Tone 8

Let us honor the holy martyr Barbara, / for as a bird she escaped the snares of the enemy, / and destroyed them through the help and defense of the Cross.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Singing the praises of the Trinity, / you followed God by enduring suffering; / you renounced the multitude of idols, / O holy martyr Barbara. / In your struggles, you were not frightened by the threats of your torturers, but cried out in a loud voice: / “I worship the Trinity in one God-head.”

Martyr John of Damascus

Troparion — Tone 8

Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship, / the enlightener of the universe and the adornment of hierarchs: / all-wise father John, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things. / Intercede before Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Let us sing praises to John, worthy of great honor, / the composer of hymns, the star and teacher of the Church, the defender of her doctrines: / through the might of the Lord’s Cross he overcame heretical error / and as a fervent intercessor before God / he entreats that forgiveness of sins may be granted to all.