Troparia and kontakia for March 24

1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy

Troparion — Tone 2

We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One, / and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God. / Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh / to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy. / Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You: / You have filled all with joy, O our Savior, / by coming to save the world.

Kontakion — Tone 8

No one could describe the Word of the Father; / but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described, / and restored the fallen image to its former beauty. / We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images.

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.