Troparia and kontakia for April 16

Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia, in Illyria

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.

The Tambov (Utkinskaya) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos

Troparion — Tone 4

Today the city of Tambov exalts radiantly, and Christ’s hierarch Pitirim rejoices. / For your icon, O Lady, now shines wonderfully, / the hierarch brought it from the city of Moscow, / and reveals your amazing intercession to the people, healing everyone who resorts to you with faith. / Therefore, we humbly appeal to you: “Save us through your Icon, O All-hymned Virgin.”

Kontakion — Tone 3

Now the angels of God and all the saints in Heaven rejoice, / beholding your glory, O Most Pure Virgin, / and before your Icon, believers offer you prayers of thanksgiving / for the mercy and compassion you have shown to all of us, and especially to our city. / As of old, O Virgin Theotokos, / save us in the days to come by your intercession.