Troparia and kontakia for March 24

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!

Forefeast of the Annunciation

Troparion — Tone 4

Today is the prelude of joy for the universe! / Let us anticipate the feast and celebrate with exultation: / Gabriel is on his way to announce the glad tidings to the Virgin; / He is ready to cry out in fear and wonder: / Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with You!

Kontakion — Tone 8

You are the beginning of salvation for all of us on earth, Virgin Mother of God. / For the great Archangel Gabriel, God’s minister, was sent from heaven to stand before you to bring you joy: / Therefore, we all cry to you: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.