Troparia and kontakia for August 7

Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

Troparion — Tone 7

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, / revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. / Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, / through the prayers of the Theotokos. / O Giver of Light, glory to You!

Kontakion — Tone 7

On the Mountain You were Transfigured, O Christ God, / And Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it; / So that when they would behold You crucified, / They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary, / And would proclaim to the world, / That You are truly the Radiance of the Father!

Martyr Dometius of Persia and his two disciples

Troparion — Tone 4

Preparing yourself through prayer and fasting on the mountain, / You destroyed the hosts of spiritual enemies with the weapon of the Cross. / And then courageously preparing yourself for martyrdom, / You were crowned by God for both your life and death, / O ever-memorable venerable martyr Dometius.

Kontakion — Tone 6

Despising corruption and degrading philosophies, / O venerable martyr Dometius, / You became a great guide of monks. / You did not fear the wrath of the king, / Who did not wish to honor Christ the true God. / Therefore in death You did raise the hymn: / God is with me, and no one will be against me.

Valaam Icon of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 4

O Virgin Theotokos, / we rejoice in beholding your holy icon, / for devout prayers offered in front of it were fulfilled on the island of Valaam / and the ascetics’ failing strength was renewed. / Hear our prayers, also, O Most Holy One. / Strengthen us in faith and love, / entreating peace for the world / and great mercy for our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 3

With minds elevated, / we come before your Holy Icon, / O Most Honorable Theotokos! / Your akathistos hymn was sung while it was being painted on the island of Valaam. / You appeared three times to the widow you healed, / and you showed the location of your forgotten icon. / Strengthen us in our affliction. / Increase in our hearts humility, silence, and love of prayer. / Be a constant protection of your monastery / and our courage before your Son, / O praised Mother of God and heavenly Queen.

Saint Theodora of Sihla

Troparion — Tone 1

Leaving behind the things of this earth and taking up the yoke of a solitary, / you were made a bride of Christ, O blessed one. / Through fasting, vigil, and prayer / you were granted heavenly gifts and became like the angels. / You overcame human nature and moved to the heavenly places, / leaving us the consolation of your cave and of your holy relics. / Therefore, O holy and most venerable Mother Theodora, / entreat Christ our God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Come, all of you who love Christ, with faith and piety to honor our righteous Mother Theodora, / who labored zealously in Sihla hermitage and became a beacon of hermits. / Let us praise God and honor His righteous servants saying: / Rejoice, most venerable Mother Theodora, the spiritual flower of Moldavia. (Sihla is pronounced SHEE-la)