Troparia and kontakia for May 14

Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women with the Noble Joseph

Troparion — Tone 2

The Noble Joseph, / when he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree, / wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices, / and placed it in a new tomb. / But You rose on the third day, O Lord, / granting the world great mercy.

Troparion — Tone 2

The angel came to the myrrhbearing women at the tomb and said: / Myrrh is meet for the dead; / but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption! / So proclaim: The Lord is risen, / granting the world great mercy!

Kontakion — Tone 2

You commanded the myrrhbearers to rejoice, O Christ! / By Your Resurrection, You stopped the lamentation of Eve, the first mother! / You commanded them to preach to Your apostles*: The Savior is Risen from the tomb!

* Although this passage can also be translated “You commanded Your apostles to preach:” it has been rendered in this manner in order to conform with the Gospel accounts and with the liturgical texts of this feast wherein the Myrrhbearers proclaim the Resurrection to the Apostles, thus earning them the honor of being called the “Apostles to the Apostles.”

Martyr Isidore of Chios

Troparion — Tone 4

Enlisted by the King of the Ages, / you spurned the earthly king and his army to boldly preach Christ our God. / Therefore, you have completed your contest and shine forth as His glorious martyr. / Entreat Him to save our souls, for we honor you, blest Isidore.

Kontakion — Tone 3

In your combat with the dragon, / You gained the victory, O martyr Isidore. / As a radiant beacon from Egypt, / You shone forth to illumine all under the sun, / advancing towards Him who shone forth from the Virgin Mother of God, / for whose sake you were slain, O Passion-Bearer, / offering yourself as a fragrant sacrifice.

Kontakion — Tone 4

You have been revealed as a great guide to the world through your prayers, O holy one. / Therefore, we praise you today, / divinely-wise martyr, glorious Isidore.