Troparia and kontakia for April 26

Hieromartyr Basil the Bishop of Amasea

Troparion — Tone 4

As a minister of the King of glory, you withstood the lawless king, / blessed and glorious Hieromartyr Basil. / When you were beheaded, / you entered the heavenly mansions rejoicing. / Pray that those who celebrate your memory may be found worthy of like reward.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Special Melody: "Today You have shown forth..."

By defying the emperor’s decree / you were granted the Kingdom of heaven; / remember us who faithfully celebrate your memory while you rejoice.

St. Stephen the Bishop of Perm

Troparion — Tone 4

Aflame with divine desire from childhood, / You took up Christ’s yoke, O wise Stephen. / You sowed the good seed in a hardened people grown old in unbelief / And gave birth to them in the Gospel. / Celebrating your memory, we pray to you: / Entreat him whom you proclaimed / That our souls may be saved!

Kontakion — Tone 8

You were found to be a hierarch to those who sought you not. / You freed your people from idols and brought them to faith in Christ. / You shamed the sorcerer, Pansotnik, and became first bishop and teacher of Perm. / Therefore the faithful hymn you with thanksgiving, crying: Rejoice, O wise teacher Stephen!